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- Aug 9, 2004
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Chris Andersen reportedly is set to make his return from a NBA drug suspension to join the New Orleans Hornets.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune, citing two unnamed sources, reported that NBA commissioner David Stern is expected to reinstate Andersen on Tuesday and that the forward will re-sign with the Hornets this week if he passes a physical.
When he was banished, Andersen was earning $3.5 million in the first year of a four-year, $14 million contract he had signed the previous offseason. If the Hornets want to re-sign him, they would have to tender him a contract for the remainder of the season equal to a prorated portion of his old salary. (If his salary had been above $5 million at the time of his suspension, the maximum the Hornets could have offered him for the rest of the season would have been a prorated portion of $5 million, which was the amount of the midlevel exception at that time.)
Anderson was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA in 2006 for violating the league's drug policy. He first became eligible to apply for reinstatement to the league late last month.