To say the Miami Heat have some decisions to make this offseason would be doing a disservice to the word “decision.”
Come to think of it, let’s not go there.
For the Big Three to re-up for a fifth go-round, they’ll almost certainly need guarantees from the Heat brass that bolstering the bench remains a top priority heading into the 2014-15 season.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen—defensive and rebounding specialist and the team’s foremost frontcourt reserve—was supposed to be one player Miami could count on being back.
But according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, Andersen will forgo the $1.4 million owed to him next season to test the free-agent market—the result, perhaps, of the uncertainty surrounding his star-studded teammates.
Even if Birdman walks away from South Beach for good, there stand to be plenty of teams with the clout and cap room to make a serious run at the 6’10” forward.
What follows are the 10 best free-agent destinations—financially and fit-wise—for the 35-year-old Andersen. As you’ll see, all of these teams share two crucial things in common: All of them are potential playoff teams, and all of them offer the kind of extracurricular environment that would seemingly suit Andersen’s…how do we say this…eccentric nature?
Spoiler: the Utah Jazz aren’t one of them.