May 26, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; iMiami Heat power forward Chris Andersen (11) during the national anthem before the game against the Indiana Pacers n game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.The Heat won 114-96. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency Radar: Chris Andersen


Center
Current Salary: $79,540
Career Stats: 5.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, .512 field-goal percentage, 16.6 PER
2012-13 Stats:

Current Depth:

Ryan Hollins -unrestricted free agent
DeAndre Jordan – $10,986,550
Ronny Turiaf – unrestricted free agent

Game of the Year:

(Miami) versus Indiana Pacers – 16 points (7-7 FGA), 5 rebounds, 3 blocks

Strengths:

  • Blocking shots
  • Help-side defense
  • Toughness

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of post play
  • Often creates poor floor spacing

Outlook:

After being passed on by the other 29 teams in the league, Birdman will have a lot of suitors lined up for his work come the summer time. If the Miami Heat don’t retain him, he’d fit finely as a Clipper. He brings the same thing Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans brought to the Clippers two years ago: toughness and defense. Sure he’s not the best offensive talent in free agency. Chris Kaman, Andrew Bynum, Nikola Pekovic and others headline that area, but when it comes to a reserve center who’ll see 15-20 minutes a night, he’s the guy.

There’s nothing better than a role player knowing his role and every night you know what you’re gonna get from him. He can run the pick-and-roll with Chris Paul, protects the paint on the defensive end, can fill the lane on help-side cuts and has been down on his fouls. And unlike DeAndre Jordan, Birdman won’t be a liability in the fourth quarter if teams decide to pull the hack-a-player.

Depending on who the Clippers take with the 25th overall draft pick in the upcoming draft (a few draft experts are predicting the Clippers take Jeff Withey of Kansas), there’s no reason why Birdman wouldn’t fit this team perfectly. Could another team raise the price and take Andersen out of the equation? Sure, but if he’s there and willing to be the backup guy for this contending team, then he’ll be the perfect candidate.

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