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Report: Heat shopping Joel Anthony, seeking depth behind Wade

Dec 6, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade is going to be taking a lot of games off this season as the Heat try to rest his knees for the playoffs. It started in the second game of the season and it will continue as he has been out 5 of the Heat’s 19 games (he missed the Bulls game Thursday with an illness).

If he’s out, the Heat could use some depth at the two guard, and they are looking to move Joel Anthony to get it, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

The Heat (14-5) have a glut of big men and have been looking into trading one for a guard, or to clear a roster spot so they can sign a player later. Center-forward Joel, who has played in just five games this season, is one of the players who may be available.

When Wade rests the Heat lean more heavily on Ray Allen, who started against the Bulls Thursday. But Allen is 38 with a lot of miles on the wheels, they don’t want to tax him a lot either. The Heat amnestied Mike Miller. So Miami is looking around for some depth.

Joel Anthony provides defense. He doesn’t bring you much if any offense, but he knows his role — fly around and block shots. Protect the rim. There are a lot of teams that could use that energy off the bench (he lost his role in Miami to Chris Andersen, who brings the defense with more size and better offense).

Anthony makes $3.8 million this season with a player option for the same amount next season (an option he likely picks up).

Something to watch. There’s not a lot of teams looking to make Miami better, but it is possible a deal will get done.

  1. livingsacrifice86 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    They were just out rebounded by like 130 rebounds. Shouldn’t they be trying to get more FRONTCOURT help?

    • borderline1988 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      The guy meant to say that the Heat have a glut of PFs (Haslem, Lewis, Andersen, Bosh, Anthony, Beasley).

      Sure, the Heat would love to obtain a rebounding centre who’s big enough and defensively sound enough to play effectively against the Bulls’ and Pacers’ frontcourts, but it’s not like those guys are a dime a dozen.

      Anyways, the point is that the Heat are over-loaded at the PF position (especially since Lebron can always play the 4 if needed) so they may as well try to get depth behind Wade.
      I don’t see a point in trying to get depth behind Lebron – he plays basically whole games in the playoffs, and there’s no chance the Heat are going anywhere if he gets injured, so get the depth elsewhere.

      • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Kurt doesnt have the best basketball mind. They got smacked by the bigger detroit club, they are thin up front as well. This team might be in a little trouble.

      • Kurt Helin - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        If you haven’t noticed, the Heat have decided to play small with Bosh as a “stretch five” and guys like Andersen et al. (your PFs) behind him, and while that leads to some rebounding and interior defensive concerns, I think it’s safe to say at this point it has worked for them.

      • borderline1988 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Ya I’m not all that worried…the Heat have been riding this small-ball style for 3 seasons now, and it’s more than worked for them. Although I’m sure the Heat would take a good centre if they could get their hands on one.

        That being said, every year the Heat have 2 role players that step up big for them in the playoffs (they would not have won either of the last 2 championships if not for Chalmers and Battier two years ago, and Allen & Anderson last year). The core of Bosh, LBJ and Wade will remain the same, but they should always be tinkering to find that next guy to put them over the top.

  2. miamiheatdynasty - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Stephen Jackson is a free agent.

    • heat256 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      The Heat want no part of a locker room malcontent who will sulk when he doesn’t get his touches.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      So is Ricky Davis, would provide the same impact for Miami

  3. ravenswhat - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    They should trade him & draft pick for Shumpert.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      derp

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Who in the WORLD gave this thumbs up, even facetiously?

    • bougin89 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Shumpert is only worth Joel Anthony and a end of the first round draft pick?

  4. legend30 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Trade Joel Anthony for a bag of popcorn, then sign someone like Stephen Jackson. Heat don’t have enough trade assets to get decent front-court help. No need to panic, this been the same sorry the last three years, then what happens in the end?

  5. mustangs2 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Alright, T-Mac, lets see what you’ve got left in the tank.

  6. lenbias34pt - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I like Anthony’s effort, but who in their right mind is going to trade for a guy who is a fringe NBA player with almost 4 million promised to him NEXT year?

    Anthony had a nice career but it’s over.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      He’s not a fringe player.

      • lenbias34pt - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        Well i do hope and assume we agree the Heat have poor Center and PF play.

        Than let’s consider some facts:
        He averaged 9 minutes per game LY and less than 2 points and rebounds. This season it’s even worst, getting 5 minutes in the 6 games the Heat have used him.

        His 4 block shots in 14 playoff games LY also should quite the , ‘he’s a great defender’ angle.

        My man Joel is the definition of fringe. He is very fortunate to be getting paid this season let alone the next.

      • eventhorizon04 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        He’s an undersized center with poor hands and poor rebounding skills.

        He’s good at setting screens and an excellent low-post defender and pick-and-roll defender, but a guy who can’t pass, can’t catch passes, and can’t rebound will find it tough to find teams interested in giving him a roster spot in the future.

  7. zickhead - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Yeah, whos gonna trade anyone of value for Joel?

    • antistratfordian - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      I don’t know about “of value” – but whoever needs a shot blocker more than they do an extra guard.

  8. crownmethegoat - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Sacramento shouldn’t have a problem giving up one of their 10 guards

  9. belleby123 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I don’t even like the way the guy pronounces his name.

  10. belleby123 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Also–Kurt, were you trying to be funny? You posted a picture of Anthony taking a shot at point blank range and all I could think was that it had to be a miss.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Not shockingly, there are not a lot of recent Joel photos out there to choose from.

  11. jbeagles23 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Trade him to the raptors and add to their subpar big men

  12. eventhorizon04 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    The Heat are reportedly happy with their PG rotation of defensive specialists/3-point shooters, and they’re set at SF and PF.

    As others have said, the Heat probably wouldn’t mind more C depth behind Bosh and Andersen, but quality big-men are definitely out of their price range, so they are looking for a veteran SG. Anthony only has 1 more year left on his deal, and Pat Riley has been very willing to part ways with second round picks.

    Make no mistake – the Heat aren’t going to get a good player back for Anthony, but they’re just looking for a reliable SG who can sometimes give 10-15 minutes of competent play in case Wade is injured and Allen can’t play for 40+ mins.

  13. progress2011 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    DeMar DeRozan !!!!

    This guy would be a PERFECT back-up to Wade and ultimately play every other game because D-Wade needs to rest his knees for the playoffs.

    DeRozan pulling in $9.5M, the next few yrs. I’d package:

    Anthony ($3.8 M)- Nice humble dude…wish him well
    Chalmers ($4.0)- Can’t check NOBODY’s opposing PG/SG….No Athleticism. Plus he’s from a similar climate….he’d be closer to home.
    Haslem ($4.3M)- Heat got Beasley and Dude BALLIN

    The Heat would save approx $2.6M

    Conversely, the Raptors would be getting two seasoned/ experienced NBA champs to help create a winning atmosphere.

    PAT…GET ON THE PHONE!

    • progress2011 - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I got 19 thumbs down so far….ahahaha

      Probably from Heat faithfuls that put loyalty to Haslem, Chalmers & Joel before business!

      BUT

      All those thumbs down, you’d think one of the persons could substantially refute the FACTUAL logic I volunteered….for free!

  14. edwardemanuelson - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    First off, right off the bat, let me jut put this out there that im not a Heat fan, but I’m by no means a Heat hater. That being said, anyone that thinks any team out (L)east is going to jump at the chance to help this team has another thing coming’. Sorry.

    Next, anyone that thinks any top team in the Wild Wild West that might have a chance of meeting the Heat in the Finals might help them get back there?I don’t think so. The Heat’s crop to choose from – should someone choose to bite – may come from the non-Western Conference lottery bound teams. And it’s prolly going to take a little more than Anthony.

    Sacramento anyone? What’s Agent Zero up to these days?

    • antistratfordian - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      There are teams in the east that have no skin in the game this year so they’re unconcerned about Miami (or whoever else) winning this year. They’re thinking 2-3 years down the line.

    • tfyjman - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Isn’t Sacramento in the West?

  15. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    If you’re reading about a rumored Heat trade, that means you’re reading fiction. Just like a mobster, Pat hits you when you’re not expecting it.

    Windhorst doesn’t know anything.

  16. cantonbound13 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Who would be dumb enough to pay 7 million for Joel Anthony? Isiah Thomas is not in the league anymore.

  17. riders008 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I love these outrageous trades all nba fans come up with…….especially heat fans who think that other teams want Joel ….Haslem…..or anybody else on their roster not name Lebron…….these players only have value to the heat because Lebron can make anyone value able……

  18. muhangis - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Who the heck IN THEIR RIGHT MIND wants Joel Anthony? He is what I tend to call “non-tradeable” due to having zero value.

    Ok so he is a fairly good undersized defensive C, at best. Still, I can’t rate him in the top 20 defensive C’s in the NBA however. I guess ppl just want to be able to say on him that he’s good for maybe something. Nevertheless he is an incredible liability on offense! His production is dead nonexistent. You hardly have to guard him, and he won’t make you pay (thus more dbl teams glued on Lebron and Bosh throughout the game.)

    I don’t care what ppl say about his defense, what JA brings to the table is hugely exaggerated. He’s one of the worst players in the league, hands down!

    Sorry for the bashing, just being honest.

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