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Heat re-sign Chris 'Birdman' Andersen

MIAMI -- When Chris "Birdman" Andersen decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, he knew there would be interest from other teams.

All along, he wanted to stay put.

Andersen made it official when he signed a two-year, $10 million contract late Friday to remain with the Heat.

"It had been reported he had interest with other teams, but we always hoped to go back with the Miami Heat," said Mark Bryant, Andersen's agent.

Andersen averaged 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 19.4 minutes last year. He was hobbled most of the postseason because of hip, thigh and foot injuries, but still played in all but two games.

"We just know from our end that we wanted him," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We don't want to lose him. We've invested a lot of time in him and we think he's the perfect fit for our team, our organization, what he brings as a basketball player -- we want to continue this working relationship. It was a no-brainer for us to try to continue it."

The Heat now have 12 players under contract for the 2013-14 season. The three remaining roster spots are expected to be used on veterans willing to play for the minimum salary.

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