Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen, one of the more colorful characters ever to wear a Miami Heat uniform, is cutting his ties to South Florida.
Andersen, who last played for the Heat in February of 2016, has put his Pinecrest home up for sale, hoping to double his money. Anderson paid $1.89 million for the five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 7,629-square foot home in 2013, after signing with the Heat. The mansion went on the market in early April for $4.55 million but already that price has been cut to $3.94 million.
The home, naturally, includes basketball court.
Andersen, though, will not be needing to cut any corners if he doesn’t get his asking price. He has made close to $39 million during his 15-year NBA career, including $3.5 million during his three years with the Heat. Andersen played in two Finals with the Heat, helping Miami win the 2013 title.
Former teammate LeBron James convinced the Cavaliers to sign Andersen, 38, to a one-year deal last summer. Andersen, though, played just 12 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in December. In February, the Cavaliers traded Andersen to the Hornets to clear a roster spot. Charlotte then waived the 6-foot-10 power forward/center, likely ending his career. Andersen averaged 5.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, while shooting 53.2 percent, in his career.
Andersen became a cult hero in Miami with his bizarre personality, Mohawk hair style and nearly head-to-toe tattoos. He attended a Heat-Cavaliers game at AmericanAirlines Arena in April and and received a standing ovation. Cleveland’s Richard Jefferson then walked over to slap hands with Andersen, who was sitting front row on the baseline.
Andersen is used to the competition on the court, but now is competing with at least two other former NBA stars in a different way. Homes owned by Penny Hardaway and Lamar Odom also are on the market in the Pinecrest community, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Hardaway, who played in 16 games for the Heat in 2007-08, listed his 8,639-square-foot home for $3.799 million. Odom, who played for the Heat in 2003-04, put his 8,600-square-foot home on the market for $5.2 million.
The area is home to Heat players Tyler Johnson and James Johnson, who fast became friends after James Johnson joined the Heat last summer. They then started sharing rides to and from AmericanAirlines Arena.