Nuggets Use Amnesty Clause on Chris “Birdman” Andersen
The last we heard from Birdman he was being deactivated during the Lakers series for alleged Child Pornography found in his home. You haven’t heard much from him or the case since then.
Didn’t know at the time that would be his last game with the Nuggets, but it was.
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In a late-night development, the Denver Nuggets used their amnesty clause to release forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen on Tuesday, according to the Denver Post. The Nuggets faced an 11:59 p.m. deadline to use the amnesty clause.
Andersen, 34, was on Denver’s books for $4.5 million in 2012-13 and $4.8 million in 2013-14. The Nuggets will now get to remove his salary from their books for salary cap and luxury tax purposes although Andersen will be paid in full.
Andersen averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 32 games off Denver’s bench last season. He was excused from the team after his home was searched by police in relation to an Internet crime case in May. His lawyer later claimed that Andersen was the victim of an extortion attempt.