Here is where it gets weird: Andris Biedrins could be worth roughly nine million dollars per year to someone, especially if amnesty bidding occurs after the Nene/Chandler sweepstakes. In this hypothetical scenario, various teams have missed on a targeted big man and are desperate for an ersatz version–call him a coveted stunt double-double.
Don’t laugh, it might happen. Biedrins is 25 and was once quite good at the league’s priciest position. Tyson Chandler was thought to be washed up as recently as last year. Now he’s flirting with a max contract on the heels of a decent season. Big men get paid.
And while another team’s willingness to pay Andris would spare Lacob’s wallet, it could also represent an immense failure. Why? Because it means the Warriors used the amnesty on a tradeable asset. This is all fine and well if you nab Nene or Chandler in the process. If you don’t? The league just confirmed that they’re willing to pay your guy, which indicates that they’d trade for him too. This scenario saves GSW the most money, but it’s also the scenario that makes them look like terrible poker players.
So when Warriors brass says they don’t plan on amnestying Biedrins, believe them. But know that decision pertains to a very fluid situation.