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Andersen links with NBL club Melb United

  • Andersen links with NBL club Melb United

    Australian Boomer David Andersen will join Melbourne United on a two-year NBL deal.

Australian Boomer David Andersen will join Melbourne United after signing a two-year deal with the NBL club.

Andersen, who will become a four-time Olympian in Rio next month, is one of Australia's most experienced players.

During a decorated career that included one season with the NBL's Wollongong Hawks, Andersen made a name for himself in Europe.

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But the 36-year-old was 37th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, playing for the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets.

His record includes three Euroleague Championships and three Russian League Championships.

The 213cm power forward has just completed his latest season in Europe, leading French side Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne to the Pro A Championship and being selected for the 2015 French Pro A League All Star Game in December.

"It's a good way to end a long career," Andersen said.

"I've been overseas for forever now, it's been a long time.

"I've got family and friends around here so moving back will be great and having the chance to play in front of them is a great thing."

United head coach Dean Demopoulos said he was delighted to secure a player of Andersen's standing.

"We welcome his experience, outstanding leadership and his basketball ability. He will make me a better coach," Demopoulos said.

Andersen will play alongside new United teammate Chris Goulding when he suits up in Rio.

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