- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers have officially signed veteran forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen to a one-year contract.

The NBA champions needed a backup center after losing Timofey Mozgov in free agency and are hoping the 38-year-old Andersen can fill that role. A 14-year veteran, Andersen, known for his multiple tattoos and toughness on the boards, split last season with Miami and Memphis.

In Cleveland, he will be reunited with former Heat teammate LeBron James. They won an NBA title together in 2013.

Andersen has averaged 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in his career, which began with Denver. He will wear jersey No. 00 with Cleveland.

James remains unsigned for next season, but he has informed the Cavs he will re-sign with them at some point this summer. James is expected to sign another one-year deal. Also, the Cavs are likely to re-sign forward J.R. Smith.

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