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The Miami Heat signed forward Chris Andersen for 10 days. The Heat hope that Andersen will help them get a lot more rebounds.
After the Heat’s six-game road trip, more of their downsized players were exposed to their lack of rebounding. The Heat had to make some major changes to see what can be done. Signing Andersen was the biggest move, but also bringing back Dexter Pittman from the NBA development league helps, too. According to the Sun Sentinel Andersen said, "It's a great fit for me," and he also agreed that defense and rebounding is basically what he does.
Andersen is a very good player that had issues during his time in the NBA. These issues prevented his signing for a lot of teams. For example, he was banned from the NBA for two years in 2006 for using illegal substances. His home was also a target by authorities for child pornography, but no charges were ever filed.
According to the Associated Press, head coach Erik Spoelstra said, "Typically, you're not able to get a player of his caliber at this time of year. But three years ago he was the best in the game coming off the bench at his position, as a shotblocker and a rebounder. We've always liked him. We had him in our camp a long time ago, when he was just coming up in this league, pre-tattoo, and we liked him back then. Ever since then we've searched for ways to get him back."
Clearly the Heat organization and Andersen are very excited for his return.