The Cavs have been in the market for a power forward/center who can defend the rim, and it seems like they’ve found their man for the right price.
During the Cavs Summer League opener against Milwaukee, Tyronn Lue spoke with the NBA TV hosts calling the game and revealed that the Cavs had picked up Andersen.
According to a team source, the Cavs are "working on" signing Chris "Birdman" Andersen, as Ty Lue alluded to on @NBATV
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 8, 2016
Known by his nickname “Birdman,” Andersen has been a very good rebounder and rim protector. He’s a little undersized at 6’10” for a center, but he plays like a dominant defensive center. For his career, Andersen averages 5.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in just 17.8 minutes of action. His best year came when he averaged 6.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks for the Denver Nuggets in just 20.6 minutes per game. We won’t need Andersen to block shots at a high rate, but we’ll need him just to defend the basket against some of the NBA’s best.
Andersen’s last stint was with the Memphis Grizzlies, but he played with LeBron James and the Miami Heat where he won a championship in 2013 and reached the Finals in 2014. He’s a great, defensive-minded replacement for Timofey Mozgov. Birdman is close with LeBron since their days in South Beach and it makes a lot of sense to bring his tenacity and hustle to the Cavs.
The details of his contract have not been announced yet, but Andersen will be joining the Cavs for the 2016-17 season.