The Denver Nuggets on Thursday said Andersen was excused indefinitely from all team-related activities.
With his colorful tattoos and high-flying, shot-blocking act, Andersen has long been a fan favorite. Before Thursday game, fans could still buy blue and yellow Mohawk “Birdman” hats.
The 10th-year pro hasn’t played in the postseason after averaging 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds during the regular season.
Andersen began his career in Denver in 2001 and headed to New Orleans three seasons later. His career was derailed when NBA officials suspended him in 2006, saying he violated the league’s drug policy. Following a ban that lasted more than two years, Andersen returned to New Orleans late in 2008.
Since his return, Andersen worked to support youth charities, according to the Nuggets’ media guide.