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Could the Heat be looking to move Joel Anthony?

Sep 10, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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Pat Riley is not afraid to make moves. He’s got his big three in Miami, a few nice role players around them and that is enough to have them in title contention. If he can make a move that improves the team or saves some money, he’ll do it, but he can do it on his terms.

Which brings us to this comment from Heat beat writer Ira Winderman in his mailbag Q&A at the Sun Sentinel, where he was asked about the Heat bringing in Jarvis Varnado and Mickell Gladness

It’s just a hunch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Heat were angling to find the next Joel Anthony so they could get rid of the current version, who is due $3.8 million in each of the next two seasons. In the Heat’s “position-less” small-ball approach, the objective is to have everyone on the floor capable of contributing to the offense, an area where Anthony struggles. For another team, Anthony’s defensive value might offset what actually is a reasonable price tag for a contributor.

I don’t think there will be much of a market for Anthony if they try to shop him. I think Anthony provides some value to the Heat, and even if it is more to another franchise it is not $3.8 million worth. Not as a shot-blocking slightly undersized big off the bench.

I’m also far from convinced that either Gladness or Varnado can be the next Joel Anthony. If they wanted to replace him free agent Chris Andersen makes more sense, but he is not young and comes with his own baggage right now.

But don’t be surprised if Riley tinkers with the lineup, and if one guy can get another team to take on a deal it’s him. That guy can sell.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Joel Anthony is undersized, a poor rebounder, and limited on offense. Whenever the opposing center leaves him to try to stop a drive to the basket by Wade or LeBron, he can (usually) catch a pass and finish with a dunk or layup, but that’s about it.

    In addition to shot-blocking, though, he’s also a great screen-setter, a solid low-post defender, and is a great fit for the Heat’s defensive system of showing on pick-and-rolls due to his good foot-speed.

    But the author is absolutely right that I can’t see any other teams looking to take on Anthony and the 3 years left on his deal, at $3.8 million a year, **unless** another asset is included in the deal.
    Past deals I’ve seen involving Joel Anthony also include Norris Cole or the 2013 lottery-protected draft pick of the 76′ers that Pat Riley acquired while trading down in the 2012 draft.

  2. lakerluver - Sep 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Move him where, he’s terrible?!!

    • miamatt - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Offensively, yes. But he’s better than his numbers suggest. He got phased out as the playoffs went on for Miami this past year, but he was a diiference maker in at least one game of that Pacers series. That’s more than can be said for a lot of role players. In certain matchups, particularly in today’s shrinking NBA, he can be effective. His hustle and ability to rotate defensively are tremendous.

  3. thestudiokida - Sep 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I liked Joel Anthony at first for his energy and shot blocking off the bench but over time I saw how he can’t match up against tall or big centers, can’t rebound and isn’t even that great a shot blocker. And his ball handling is so atrocious that he isn’t worth the liability that he is on the boards and offense.

    Chris Andersen is a rich man’s version of Joel Anthony with some ball handling skills and much more production on the boards & defense. I’m not sure how his personal issues will shake out but I hope the Heat pick him up.

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