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Cavaliers officially sign free agent Chris “Birdman” Andersen to one-year contract

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DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 29: Chris Andersen #7 of the Memphis Grizzlies grabs a rebound against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on February 29, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Grizzlies defeated the Nuggets 103-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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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.