Celtics Target Chris Andersen?

courtesy: The Boston Globe

Might ‘The Birdman’ cometh?
Teams can begin negotiating with free agents Tuesday, and there has been a lot of talk concerning the Celtics’ ability to re-sign forward James Posey. Other Celtics set to become free agents include forward-center P.J. Brown (who is expected to retire), guards Eddie House, Sam Cassell, and Tony Allen, and center Scot Pollard. “Players don’t leave a team after they won a championship with them,” said an NBA general manager when asked about Posey. Don’t be surprised if quality veterans show interest in coming to Boston at a discount for a chance to play with the NBA champions. Forward-center Chris Andersen is a potential addition. Before signing Brown last season, the Celtics kept a keen eye on whether “The Birdman” would become a free agent after completing a two-year ban for substance abuse. New Orleans, however, exercised its right to keep him through last season. The two-time NBA dunk contest participant’s athleticism, court speed, shot-blocking ability, and size (6 feet 11 inches) could make him a great fit defensively as Perkins’s backup center.

Fletcher’s Note: I hope and truly believe that the Hornets will re-sign Chris Andersen. He’s comfortable with coach Byron Scott as well as the Shinn family and if re-signed would be far more productive in 2008-2009 as Tyson Chandler’s back-up then anyone on the roster last year.  Andersen is Tyson Chandler-lite.  He’s built like Tyson and has the same skill set and the Hornets starter. Andersen paid his due after his 2 year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy but when he returned at the end for the end of last year the Hornets already had a winning mix they did not want to change…that’s why he did not play.  Hopefully Andersen will return….both he and the Hornets will be better with him in New Orleans.   

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One Response

  1. I really hope that the Birdman stays with the Hornets. The team wouldn’t be the same without him. I hope that the Hornets will re-sign him! 🙂

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