April 6 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen (11) warms up before the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
This may have nothing to do with the Celtics aside from the never ending search for center depth, but Chris Andersen's agent is clearly letting the press know that his client is getting interest from around the league.
Chris Andersen has received some offers from NBA teams. He does have a favorite team he wants to play for, but his reps won't say just yet.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 13, 2012
Chris Andersen's offers have been from the $1.2 to $5 million range per season.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 13, 2012
Forgive me if I sound skeptical, but I find it doubtful that he has any solid offers up to $5M considering that he was waived for $4.6M and could have been claimed for some portion of that by a team under the cap. With that said, it is also possible that any and all offers he might be getting are pending the clearing up of a messy police investigation.
There is the question of what will happen with a police investigation — his home was searched in an "internet crimes against children" probe, one where his attorney claimed it was part of an extortion plot. However, that investigation came to light in May, if the police had hard evidence this would be beyond an ongoing investigation. That said, nobody is talking so it still looms.
Hopefully it really was just an extortion plot, but I think teams are wise to wait for that to play out before committing to him. That's a shame if he's innocent, but that's also life.
Obviously if he's cleared and if he signs for either the vet minimum and the bi-annual exception, he'd likely be a good pickup for any team, including the Celtics. But I think we'll probably have to wait and see on that.