Florida Notes: Magic, Bledsoe, Heat, Birdman

June 24 2013 at 8:43pm CDT By Zach Links

While the Heat can’t and won’t do too much to shake up their roster this summer, they do have some important decisions to make as they chase their third consecutive NBA title.  Five Miami veterans in total will be eligible for free agency but there’s one in particular that is a higher priority than the others.  Here’s more out of Miami and Orlando..

  • Not a shocker, but Chris Andersen confirmed to Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida (via Twitter) that he wants to re-sign with the Heat when the free agency period kicks off on July 1st.  “He put it clearly,’’ said agent Mark Bryant of his client’s stated desire to return for a three-peat next year. “(The Heat) gave him an opportunity and he absolutely wants to come back.’’  The most the Heat could pay Andersen next season is their taxpayer midlevel exception of $3.183MM.  Meanwhile, the least they could pay is the veteran minimum of $1.4MM.
  • The Magic‘s pursuit of Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe continues and reports of a draft day deal sending him and Caron Butler to Orlando for Arron Afflalo has legs, tweets Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.  The Magic have been aggressive in looking at trades in addition to draft prospects and a Bledsoe package could be part of bigger deal (link).
  • The Magic need a young point guard but it doesn’t seem like they’ll reach and take one at No. 2, writes Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.
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