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DenButsu
07-08-2009, 09:17 AM
"Birdman" re-signing with Nuggets
Denver retains fan favorite with five-year deal starting at $3.7 million


Get ready to flap your wings again. "The Birdman" is back.

Chris Andersen and the Nuggets have agreed on a five-year contract that could earn Andersen up to $26 million, the player's manager, Mark Bryant, said Tuesday night. This locks in one of Denver's most popular athletes for the next half-decade.

"We're ecstatic to stay in the community," Bryant said.

Andersen will make $3.7 million next season in his backloaded and incentive-based contract, which will help the Nuggets financially. They entered this free-agency period over the NBA luxury tax line of $69.92 million, which was announced Tuesday.

Andersen can officially sign today. He was on vacation Tuesday, his 31st birthday, and couldn't be reached to comment.

Andersen, an unrestricted free agent, had inquiries from numerous NBA teams but had said all along he wanted to return to the Nuggets. Last season, Andersen ranked second in the NBA with an average of 2.5 blocked shots and was the Nuggets' top post player off the bench. He averaged 6.4 points and a career-high 6.2 rebounds, and his colorful personality as well as his colorful tattoos and spiked hair made him a fan favorite.

"The Birdman" was the Nuggets' top priority heading into the free-agency period. NBA teams could begin negotiating with players last Wednesday, and players can officially sign today. Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien has been in Los Angeles negotiating with Bryant and Steven Heumann, two Andersen representatives.

Andersen adores the Denver community. In August he will host a youth basketball camp (www.birdmancamp.com). He would have hosted the camp regardless of which team he signed with, but now the Nugget will be able to teach future Birdmen (and women) in the Denver area.Denver Post (http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_12773201)

clutchski
07-08-2009, 09:32 AM
Good for him, he wanted to prove something and he did (at least that's how the nba story goes). Teams must have wanted him..it's great he's staying in Denver.

Ace33Bone
07-08-2009, 09:33 AM
Even though I feel that any team could have used his services... I feel that Denver is the best place for him

DenButsu
07-08-2009, 09:38 AM
I'm really glad (as I think most Nuggets fans are) that we got him back. After last season it would have been hard to see him play for any other team. But I do worry that 5 years is a bit too long for a guy who just turned 31 and whose game is completely founded on his athleticism. I just hope that a very large portion of that "up to $26 million" consists of incentives, and that the hard salary doesn't scale up too steeply from the $3.7 mil of the first season of the contract.

tromo9
07-08-2009, 09:41 AM
birdman fly high in any weatherrrr

JordansBulls
07-08-2009, 10:01 AM
Good signing. Nuggets still are one piece away though.

IBleedPurple
07-08-2009, 10:50 AM
Good signing. Nuggets still are one piece away though.

At least. I think we need a good perimeter defender, and a big man who can eat up minutes and hit an outside shot.

Hawkeye15
07-08-2009, 11:35 AM
signed for too long, but I am happy for him. Payed his dues to get back in, works his tail off. But 5 years is a long deal. That being said, there may be team options or something along the way I don't know about.

J_M_B
07-08-2009, 01:55 PM
Great signing for the Nuggets. They just need one more piece to contend with the Lakers.

LA_Raiders
07-08-2009, 05:11 PM
good deal,

AIMelo=KillaDUO
07-08-2009, 05:19 PM
We're just Raja Bell and Rasheed Wallace away from that 'Chip!

BleedGreen1014
07-08-2009, 06:39 PM
great move, now they need to sign Matt Barnes, and Channing Frye

bahama0811
07-08-2009, 08:06 PM
Great move for the Nuggs!!!

DenButsu
07-08-2009, 08:52 PM
We're just Raja Bell and Rasheed Wallace away from that 'Chip!

Sheed went to the C's.

JJ81
07-08-2009, 09:22 PM
5 years? Calm down