Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen may soon be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said on NBATV as the Cavs played the Bucks that the team had signed Andersen, but apparently a deal is not yet complete. Per Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, the team hopes the deal is completed soon.
Tyronn Lue went on NBATV, saying #Cavs signed free agent Chris "Birdman" Andersen. I'm told a deal isn't complete, but team hopes to close.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2016
Andersen is a former teammate of LeBron James when both were with the Miami Heat. He spent last season with the Memphis Grizzles and saw some time during the playoffs. At 38, he's also near the end of his career and the Cavs are likely to sign him to minimum contract worth $960,000 for next season.
Considering the Cavs’ cap situation, Andersen isn't a bad option. He can probably play 5-10 minutes a night as needed and Cleveland doesn't really need him to do more than that. Tristan Thompson will eat up most of the team’s center minutes with Kevin Love and Channing Frye also seeing time at the five spot.