Following a disappointing loss in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat face an offseason of changes. Chris Andersen, who played above his contract this season, has a player option for the second year on his deal he signed last season.
According to Yahoo! Sports, he will decline his $1.5 million next season and opt out of his contract.
Forward-center Chris Andersen will opt-out of his contract to become a free agent, a source said.
Andersen was the Heat’s only true center and most reliable rim protector. His hustle and energy were welcomed off the bench. Unfortunately, Birdman suffered a thigh bruise against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals and wasn’t himself against the San Antonio Spurs in the finals.
Andersen earned a raise and could certainly earn more than $1.5 million on the open market. He will still be getting paid $4.8 million by the Denver Nuggets for the final year of his contract that was amnestied.
As Ira Winderman writes, Andersen could return for the veteran minimum and halve Miami’s cap and tax obligations. I doubt Bird will be seeking to join another team in the name of cash money, so my guess is he seeking a multi-year deal to stay in Miami for the rest of his career.