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Heat extend qualifying offer to Joel Anthony

Jun 29, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

According to Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to 27-year old defensive specialist Joel Anthony. Anthony averaged 2.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game last season. 

The Heat now have the right to match any offer given to Anthony. If Anthony does re-sign with the Heat, he would join Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers as the only players the Heat currently have under contract. 
The Heat obviously have more than a few eggs in the free-agency basket at the current moment; it’s no secret that the Heat are looking to re-sign Dwyane Wade and add two other major free agents, namely LeBron James and Chris Bosh. 
This move ties up $1.06 million of cap space for the Heat. If they re-sign Wade to a max contract and Anthony ends up signing for the $1.06 million, they would be left with approximately 26.07 million dollars of cap room. That’s a lot of money, but not enough to offer both James and Bosh max contracts. There would also be the matter of how the Heat would fill out the rest of their roster if they gave the full $26.07 million to James and Bosh. The Heat don’t lack for ambition, but they will probably need to find a sign-and-trade taker for Michael Beasley if they want their outlandish plan to work. 
  1. AllTheFacts - Jun 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    There’s always critical facts missing from these updates. ex: While Joel can sign the restricted offer at any point and make it permanent, if he does not, the Heat can withdraw the offer anytime before January 23rd and get that cap space back. For instance, if wade, LBJ, and bosh are all ready to sign, Heat withdraws offer to Joel Anthony and regains the cap space to then distribute to wade/LBJ/Bosh. How do these kinds of points not make it into these stories/updates?

  2. chamois - Jun 29, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    atf – i think technically accurate updates would be unreadable, but feel free to remind everyone that the miami cap room estimate is too high because it fails to account for wade’s cap hold number, and that the cap number won’t be known til next week, and that …

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