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UPDATE: Friday, July 12, 10:21 a.m. ET by Greg Swartz
According to the official twitter feed of the Miami Heat, the team has re-signed Birdman to a one-year deal.
The Miami Herald reports that the deal is for $1.7 million, and that Anderson turned down a more lucrative deal to return to the Heat.
In 42 games with Anderson last season, Miami went a remarkable 39-3.
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LeBron James talked about Miami's looming free agency following the team's championship, and he mentioned three names that he wouldn't mind seeing back: Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen, according to Ethan Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post.
Additionally, Birdman's agent said (via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida) that Andersen would like to return to the Heat, but stopped short of guaranteeing it.
With Andersen coming in at midseason, the opinion coming out of the season was that Andersen would be let go, and they would go after another big man near the trade deadline next February.
However, with LeBron and Mario Chalmers chiming in that they would like to see the Birdman back in Miami, it seems that he could be on the team's radar this summer.
Tomasson reports the Heat are optimistic about getting a deal done with Birdman.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Andersen has officially agreed to re-sign with Miami. The big man has signed on for one more season with the defending champs.
Buying or Selling?
Buy it, as Anderson has officially returned to the Heat.
Birdman was crucial to the team's success last season, and provided an interior defensive presence that Miami had been lacking.
The deal is for $1.7 million for one season for the 35-year-old.