DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Nuggets have cut one of their most recognizable players.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen is out after a troubled offseason.
Andersen, 34, saw his playing time cut drastically last season, and while the Nuggets were in the playoffs he became part of an Internet crimes investigation out of California involving a teenager.
At the time his attorney told CBS4 Andersen was the target of a blackmail attempt. He hasn’t been charged in the case.
The Nuggets said in a statement that they waived Andersen under the amnesty provision outlined in the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Denver Post reported that the Nuggets signed Anthony Randolph, a Minnesota Timberwolves power forward and center, after the roster move.
Andersen played with the Nuggets from 2001 through 2004 and then again starting in 2008. His popularity peaked in 2009 when he helped the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals. Andersen added more and more tattoos to his body throughout his career and now one of the only non-tattooed parts of his body is his face.
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