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Chris 'Birdman' Andersen returns to Miami Heat with one-year deal

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM   |   Comments

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July 10 (UPI) -- Chris "Birdman" Andersen has decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat and will do so as early as Wednesday.

Andersen is expected to take a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the team with a player option the second year.

The Heat star drew interest from other teams after his performance in the team's NBA championship run. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 42 regular-season games, and then 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in the postseason, during which he shot a remarkable 81 percent from the field.

The Heat have a $30 million luxury tax bill this coming season, which is the likely cause for the team not to sign Andersen on for a longer contract.

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