Andersen kept in shape by doing “mountain training” in Colorado and other conditioning work in College Station, Tx.
Since working out for the Heat on Jan. 8, Andersen stayed in South Florida to work himself into better shape and watch the Heat games on television to try to learn the system.
The Heat was not dissuaded by an ongoing legal matter involving Andersen, who has not been charged with any crime.
Last May, electronic equipment was seized from Andersen’s home and his lawyers said a young woman from California claiming to be of legal age asked Andersen for money after he spurned her advances.
The Denver Post, citing a review of case documents, reported earlier this month that the woman repeatedly represented herself to be of legal age and that her family later demanded payment from Andersen.
Andersen addressed the issue briefly on Sunday: “There has been an investigation,” he said. “I have cooperated fully with the authorities in Denver. I am not the target of the investigation. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed against me.”
Andersen was banned from the league in 2006 for violating the league’s drug policy but was reinstated two years later.
Known for his colorful tattoos and Mohawk haircut, Andersen has spoken with Heat officials about the team’s culture.
“I was told about the code of conduct around here and I went into Pat Riley’s office and asked him if I could wear my headband because I do sweat a lot,” he said. “He like, ‘Yeah,’ because he didn't want me perspiring on his nice floor.
“He said times are changing and it’s OK if I wear a headband…. I’m a colorful guy, a good old country boy who likes to get the job done. I’m glad to be in Miami and playing professional basketball again. It beats sitting at home.
Spoelstra said re-signing Varnado instead of Josh Harrellson was “a tough decision. We like both of them. We liked what Varnado has done in the [NBA’s Development League]. We want to continue to evaluate him. That might not be the end of Josh’s future with us.”
The Heat also is recalling center Dexter Pittman from the Development League. Miami’s roster now stands at the maximum 15, including Pittman.