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Heat's Andersen Opts-Out of Contract: Report

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 18: Chris Andersen #11 of the Miami Heat dunks against the Indiana Pacers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 18, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    It looks like the “Birdman” is ready to fly the coup in Miami. According to Yahoo! Sports, forward-center Chris “Birdman” Andersen will opt-out of his current contract with the Miami Heat to become an unrestricted free agent.

    Andersen is free to re-sign with the Heat during free agency is he chooses, but is also able to pick a different team that can pay him a larger salary.

    Losing Andersen’s salary will give the Heat salary cap flexibility in an offseason full of unknowns. Andersen was due to count $1.45 million against the salary cap next season had he opted-in to his contract and stayed with the Heat.

    With the loss of Andersen, the Heat has point guard Norris Cole under contract for next season and is awaiting a decision from Udonis Haslem on whether he will opt-out of his contract for next year, which appears unlikely.

    All eyes will remain focused on LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade and their contracts to see what direction the Miami Heat will take this offseason.

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