The Denver Nuggets used the amnesty clause on forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen and signed forward Anthony Randolph on Tuesday night, according to the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman. The Nuggets' interest in Randolph first emerged over the weekend when he attended a summer league game with team executives.
Randolph, 23, has played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and, most recently, the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the 2012 season, Randolph averaged 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds over 34 games.
Andersen saw his playing time diminish over the last two seasons with the arrivals of Kenneth Faried, Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos. He played in just 32 games in 2012, averaging 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. As Hochman points out, Andersen is still involved in a police investigation involving online crimes. Allegedly, an underage girl tricked Andersen into believing she was older than she actually was and then threatened extortion.
Under the provisions of the amnesty clause, the Nuggets will need to pay nearly $10 million to Andersen over the next two years, but it will not count against the salary cap.