Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 7/9/13
According to multiple reports, Chris "Birdman" Andersen has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Miami Heat. The Miami Herald reports that Andersen is expected to sign for 1.7 million, which is a 20 percent raise over last season. Andersen will also will be paid more than 4 million next season by Denver, which released him last July as part of the NBA's amnesty provision. After the season, both Andersen and the Heat had said they hoped to remain together. "We would love to have Chris back," Heat president Pat Riley said. "Right now, Chris Andersen is highly respected in this organization."With return of Andersen as well as Ray Allen, who last month picked up his 3.23 million option for next season, there isn't much room for new additions on the Heat roster. Of the 15 players who finished last season with Miami, only forward Juwan Howard, 40, doesn't look to have much of a chance to begin 2013-14 on the roster.Even though a more punitive luxury tax goes into effect next season, Riley has said he doesn't want to let guard Mike Miller go in July as part of the amnesty provision. There has been speculation center Joel Anthony could be an amnesty victim, but the Heat are thin with big men. And Anthony, making 3.8 million each of the next two seasons, would not provide huge luxury-tax savings, meaning it might be more beneficial for Miami to perhaps use the one-time provision in a future year.Forward Jarvis Varnado has a non-guaranteed deal for next season worth 788,872. But it must be seen how he looks in summer leagues this month in Orlando and Las Vegas before his chances of sticking around can be fully assessed.Also playing in the summer leagues is athletic swingman James Ennis, who was acquired by the Heat after being drafted with the No. 50 pick in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks. Until Ennis is looked at, it's difficult to evaluate any chance he has of making the team next year or whether he might be stashed overseas. The Heat may consider adding free-agent center Greg Oden, who hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2009 due to knee injuries. Riley has confirmed the Heat's interest in Oden, and his agent, Mike Conley, has also reiterated his client's interest in Miami.Two other notable free agents have previously told FOX Sports they have interest in the Heat. But it remains to be seen if either guard Chauncey Billups or center Samuel Dalembert will be considered.
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