The Cleveland Cavaliers scored the biggest prize in free agency this offseason, snagging LeBron James away from the Miami Heat. However, their pursuit to add more members of the Heat organization didn’t go as well as they fell short in attempting to sign Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen.
Hoping to lure the big man to Cleveland, the Cavaliers reportedly pushed hard to sign Andersen but he apparently never had any interest in leaving the Miami Heat.
From a basketball standpoint, it’s a little odd considering the Cleveland Cavaliers should find themselves in contention for an NBA championship while the Miami Heat are more likely to be a mid-pack playoff team. Of course, with few options in the Miami Heat frontcourt there is plenty of floor time to be available for Chris Andersen, unlike there would be in Cleveland with a young roster.
In terms of locale, it’s not much of a choice as South Beach is always going to win out against Ohio, especially for a player like Chris Andersen who seems to enjoy the off-court pluses that come with playing in Miami.
Still, Birdman remained loyal to the organization which will likely have fans applauding his hard work and dedication even more.
As if Heat fans weren't enamored with Birdman already: Cleveland came after him big time, but he never wavered on Miami.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 19, 2014
Maybe not the best decision from a basketball standpoint of Birdman wanted to add more rings to his collection, but in terms of floor time and enjoying the night life scene in South Beach, we can see why Anderson decided to remain in Florida. And I’m guessing fans in Cleveland aren’t crying over the decision, either.