NBA Rumors: Is Adding Chris Andersen a Good Call for Miami Heat?

Kevin SchlittenhardtCorrespondent IIAugust 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets goes up for a shot between Lamar Odom #7 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 105-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Chris Andersen, AKA the "Birdman", looks to nest in Miami after being excused from the Denver Nuggets following a police investigation—one of many on Andersen's criminal record. 

According to ESPN, the police have searched Andersen's home after receiving information from a law enforcement agency in California. The team investigating Andersen's case specializes in cases involving child pornography, Internet luring and child predators.

ESPN also states that investigators have seized property from Andersen's home, which they believe is linked to the case. However, an arrest warrant for Andersen has not been issued. 

According to CBS, Andersen might be the victim of an extortion plot. Colin Bresee, who represents Andersen, announced that there is evidence of the woman involved in the case and her mother trying to blackmail Andersen into paying for things on their Amazon wish list. 

While Andersen's investigation transpires, the Birdman eagerly searches for an NBA team to get him back on the court. 

According to rumors from several sources, including an article from the Sun Sentinel, the Heat might have an interest in Andersen. The NBA veteran is willing to play at his minimum salary, making him an ideal signing for the Heat, a team which is barely below the salary cap.

Andersen's defensive play and ability to retrieve rebounds would be beneficial to the Miami Heat. The Birdman does not have to be a starter necessarily, but could add some size to the Heat in moments when Miami is looking to preserve a lead. 

As one of the NBA's biggest personalities, Andersen would also attract fans and increase merchandising sales for the Heat. Unfortunately, his big personality can also have a negative impact on the team.

Needless to say, the Heat have many big personalities in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Heat might not have the head space for the Birdman. 

Andersen also has a history of drug use. According to ESPN, in 2006, Andersen was excused from the NBA for using heroine. 

Andersen is known and has been commended for beating his addiction, but his history is troublesome nonetheless. 

The reigning NBA champions definitely have a place for a player like Birdman on the court. Andersen is a cheap defensive player that would add some defense to Miami's bench.

Having said that, a team has to deal with its players off the court as well. With a history of drug use and currently under investigation, the Heat would be taking a risk in adding Andersen to their team.