Nuggets Re-Sign Andersen
DENVER, Jul. 8, 2009 -- The Denver Nuggets have re-signed forward/center Chris Andersen to a multi-year contract, Nuggets Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring Chris back,” said Warkentien. “He was a big part of our success last season and we believe he will be a big part of our future success as well. We love his energy and hustle and we know Nuggets fans echo that sentiment.”
Andersen, 31, has career averages of 5.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.59 bpg in 329 regular season games with the Nuggets (two stints) and New Orleans. He began his NBA career with the Nuggets in 2001 as the first-ever “call-up” from the NBA Development League.
This past season, Andersen helped the Nuggets advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since the 1984-85 season, posting 6.4 ppg and career high averages of 6.2 rpg and 2.46 bpg. His 2.46 bpg ranked second in the entire NBA, despite averaging just 20.6 minutes per contest off the bench. He also led the NBA with 5.76 blocks per 48 minutes.
Andersen was signed as a free agent last summer, returning to the Nuggets on July, 24, 2008.