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.   


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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