Report: Cleveland Cavaliers sign Chris Andersen to one-year deal

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The free agency period has been open for some time now and franchises are applying the finishing touches to their rosters as preparations for next season continue.

It has been a pretty quiet period for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are planning to continue with largely the same roster that overcame the Golden State Warriors in the dramatic Finals series.

LeBron James is still to resign, but there is no panic within the ranks, while questions do still remain over the future of J.R. Smith. The Wine and Gold recently offloaded the hardly-used center Sasha Kaun - along with cash considerations - to the Philadelphia 76ers, for the draft rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, it is all part of their plan to land LeBron's former Miami Heat teammate Chris Andersen. It has been reported that Birdman has agreed to a one-year veteran's minimum deal with the Eastern Conference's dominant franchise.

The 38-year-old is an unrestricted free agent after an unsuccessful spell with the Memphis Grizzlies, having been traded from the South Beach franchise in February.

He played just 20 times for Memphis, averaging 18.3 minutes a game with 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds a night. He spent three and a half seasons with the Heat before that trade and has also represented the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets and the Denver Nuggets.

LeBron and Birdman spent two seasons together in the Sunshine State, overcoming the San Antonio Spurs in seven games during Andersen's first campaign before losing to the same opposition 12 months later before the King decided on an emotional return to the Cavaliers.

Andersen will arrive at the Quicken Loans Arena as a backup for Tristan Thompson, who had an incredible series against the Warriors, and has significantly increased his chances of adding a second ring to his collection. The veteran knowhow he comes with will also be a bonus for the Cavs.

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