Heat trade Chris 'Birdman' Andersen to Memphis

Miami acquires guard Brian Roberts from Charlotte


MIAMI – The Miami Heat have traded fan favorite Chris "Birdman" Andersen to Memphis.

Andersen was sent to the Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal that will bring Charlotte Hornets guard Brian Roberts to Miami.

Roberts averages 4.8 points, 1.3 assists per game.

Andersen was a fan favorite during the Heat's 2013 championship run.

"Chris Andersen was absolutely essential in our 2013 championship run," Heat President Pat Riley said. "We want to thank him for his contributions and we wish him nothing but the best."

Dealing Andersen helps clear salary for the Heat.

Miami returns to practice Wednesday.

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