DENVER -- The Miami Heat took their time doing research on center Chris Andersen. In the end, his legal situation did not deter them.
Andersen, who signed a 10-day contract Sunday with Miami, had his Larksburg, Colo., home searched last May in a child-exploitation investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Andersen, who with the Denver Nuggets at the time but two months later was waived as part of the NBA's amnesty rule, has not been charged with any crime but the investigation is ongoing.
Nuggets coach George Karl, who had Andersen in Denver from 2008-12, said he spoke to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra about Andersen's character. Karl said Nuggets assistant John Welch, who is close to Spoelstra, also talked to the Miami coach about the high-flying player known as Birdman.
"I was very happy about that,'' Karl said before Sunday night's game at the Pepsi Center against Oklahoma City about Andersen signing with the Heat 12 days after he worked out for the team. "I think Bird ...