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Heat sign Chris Andersen for rest of season

Chris Andersen is ending his second 10-day contract with the Heat. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images) Chris Andersen is ending his second 10-day contract with the Heat. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Miami Heat have signed forward/center Chris Andersen for the remainder of the season.

Andersen is coming off two consecutive 10-day contracts with the team, and will be added to the 15-man roster. His 6-10 presence has given the Heat a steady rebounder off the bench.

He averaged 3.7 points and four rebounds, while averaging 10 minutes in the six games he's played since signing on Jan. 20. His last previous NBA stint was with the Nuggets in March of 2012.

Andersen gained a following and the nickname "Birdman" for his long arm span that made him one of the league's most dynamic shot-blockers and his almost head-to-toe collection of colorful tattoos.

Andersen was banned by the NBA for just over two years after being flagged with substance-abuse problems. He also made headlines last May when his Colorado home was searched as part of an investigation into what was described as Internet-related crimes against children. The Nuggets excused Andersen from team activities to deal with the investigation, then used the amnesty clause to waive him in July.

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