Jun 7, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Andersen (11) during practice before game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals at Spurs Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dallas, Houston to Pursue Chris Andersen

After opting out of the final year of his contract with the Miami Heat, Chris Andersen will be a free agent at midnight, July 1. According to a report, there is a chance Birdman flies the coop.

Miami gave him his comeback, but Birdman is reportedly looking for a well-deserved pay day. With re-signing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh being the Heat’s top priority, Andersen could find more money elsewhere.

In one-and-a-half seasons in Miami, Andersen certainly outplayed his deal worth $1.4 million a year.  He was a big reason why the Heat got through the Indiana Pacers and into the NBA Finals the past two seasons, and gave Erik Spoelstra the closest thing to a consistent, true center he has had in the Big Three era.

Miami may have to use some of its mid-level exception to re-sign Andersen. How much of the MLE the team will have available will depend on various salary cap conditions, including how much the Big Three re-sign for.

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