Andersen has agreed to a one-year deal with Cleveland, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Andersen played two years with LeBron James in Miami, so it is not a huge surprise to see the 38-year old veteran join him in Cleveland. While he will likely take over the reserve center spot in the rotation left by Timofey Mozgov, he will have a hard time finding consistent minutes in the rotation. Andersen saw just 5.1 minutes per game in Miami last season before being traded to Memphis. He saw a relatively large jump in workload for the Grizzlies, posting 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 18.3 minutes per game.
Andersen scored seven points (1-5 FG, 5-8 FT) and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds while adding two assists, a steal and a block in 24 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Spurs. The Birdman brought his typical energy Sunday, as he saw some extra minutes after San Antonio effectively put the game away with a big third quarter. Andersen averaged 7.8 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game during the series, serving as one of the only available frontcourt options for the Grizz. He will be a free agent this summer, and there has been no indication as to whether or not Memphis intends to bring him back.
Andersen will not start Friday's Game 3 against the Spurs, Rob Fischer of Sport 56 WBHQ reports. The big man added four points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes during Game 2, but his move out of the starting lineup will likely result in fewer minutes and potentially less production as well. The Grizzlies will go the smaller route with their lineup Friday, shifting Zach Randolph to center while bumping Tony Allen into the starting five.
Andersen had four points (2-2 FG) and eight rebounds in 24 minutes during the Grizzlies' 94-68 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday. Through the first two playoff games, Anderson has pulled down 17 rebounds in 41 minutes, but the Grizzlies have been blown out of the water in both contests. The 37-year-old played solid defense against San Antonio's Tim Duncan, who scored only three points Tuesday, but the Spurs' defense is just on a whole other level. Anderson has never been a primetime scorer, and he should not be expected to breakout offensively in this series, but he is capable of boxing out and hauling in boards.
Andersen had eight points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, and two steals across 21 minutes during the Grizzlies' 110-84 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday. Anderson has eclipsed 20 minutes in six of the last 10 games. However, he is posting just 4.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 19 minutes through six April affairs. The Grizzlies take on the Warriors in Wednesday's regular season finale, and Anderson totaled six points, four rebounds, two steals, and one dime in 14 minutes versus Golden State this past Saturday.
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