Andersen (illness) is a game-time call for Friday's game. Andersen is dealing with an illness that's recently made its way through the Miami locker room, and he'll wait until closer to game-time to make a decision on his status. The Birdman has taken on a reduced role this season, appearing in only three games and logging a total of 16 minutes.
Andersen (personal) will not be available Thursday night, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Andersen is away from the team Thursday, and coach Erik Spoelstra said the center has been given an "excused absence." Spoelstra noted that Andersen is expected to rejoin the team in time for Saturday's meeting with the winless 76ers.
Andersen was inactive for Tuesday's loss to the Timberwolves. Birdman hasn't played in the Heat's last five games and looks to be trade bait at this point. Miami has already parted ways with Mario Chalmers this season, and the under-utilized Andersen may be the next veteran reserve to head elsewhere.
Andersen will be active for Tuesday's matchup with Atlanta, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports. Andersen is yet to appear in a game this season, and the 37-year-old appears poised to step into a reduced role this season after averaging more than 18 minutes per game in 2014-15. His active designation Tuesday comes on the heels of the Heat ruling out Amar'e Stoudemire (knees, rest).
Andersen will be a healthy scratch for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. After failing to see the floor in Wednesday's season opener, Andersen has simply fallen out of the rotation and will simply serve as a healthy scratch for the Heat. Even when he does dress, it's unlikely the veteran big man will receive meaningful enough minutes to be fantasy-relevant in most formats.
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