Nuggets bring back Chris Andersen

Free-agent centre Chris Andersen signed Thursday for a second stint with the Denver Nuggets, concluding a four-year tenure with the New Orleans Hornets.

Free-agent centre Chris Andersen signed Thursday for a second stint with the Denver Nuggets, concluding a four-year tenure with the New Orleans Hornets.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Andersen, 30, played sparingly last season, posting six points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots and 34 minutes in five games.

The Birdman was banned for violating the NBA's drug policy on Jan. 27, 2006 — the first player tossed from the league for drugs since Stanley Roberts in 1996 — and wasn't reinstated until March 5.

Andersen was the first-ever player promoted from the NBA Development League, signing a free-agent contract with the Nuggets on Nov. 21, 2001.

He spent three seasons in Denver before bolting for New Orleans on July 19, 2004.

Having traded Marcus Camby to the Los Angeles Clippers on July 15, the Nuggets were seeking some depth at centre.

With files from the Associated Press