Chris Andersen to Sign With Cleveland Cavaliers

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing the contract with the big man Chris Andersen and he will play for the reigning NBA champions next season. Birdman, who recently turned 38, will serve as a replacement for Timofey Mozgov, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this offseason.

Andersen last played for the Memphis Grizzlies, where he averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20 games while playing just above 18 minutes per game. Before the Grizzlies, he spent three and a half seasons playing for the Miami Heat, where he won a championship ring. While he was in Miami, Andersen played alongside LeBron James, who he will reunite with soon.

Even though Andersen's best years are far behind him, there is no doubt that he can be a solid contributor off the bench. He is still able to provide at least 15 quality minutes per game and the Cavaliers will not need anything else from him. Details of his contract still haven't been disclosed, but it is most likely that he took a short-term deal, for only a year or two.

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