'Birdman' Flew Close to Knicks

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'Birdman' Flew Close to Knicks
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MIAMI — 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.

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