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Birdman Chris Andersen Was Almost a Knick?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 9, 2013 @ 8:12 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Chris Andersen became the bird who flew away for the Knicks.
In mid-January, the Knicks were exploring big-man options because of fears Rasheed Wallace’s foot injury would not heal.
They contacted Andersen’s agent, as the so-called “Birdman’’ was good friends with J.R. Smith, had played with Carmelo Anthony and was once signed by then-Nuggets general manager Mark Warkentien, now a Knicks executive.
But the Knicks never made an offer. Andersen wound up a stud for Miami in late January and the Knicks wound up with Anderson’s former Nuggets teammate, Kenyon Martin, who had a solid stint, but didn’t play well in their Eastern Conference semifinals exit against Indiana.
Andersen has been the perfect piece to the Miami puzzle, a roster that lacked an active big off the bench.
“There were a number of teams who contacted us, but I was ready to write off the season in January,’’ Andersen told The Post.
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