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Joel Anthony considering whether to exercise player option or become a free agent this summer

Apr 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Heat prefer not to trade good locker room guys who are important to the team’s chemistry. So, for them to give up Joel Anthony and some picks in the midseason deal that returned only Toney Douglas, there had to be some very valid reasons.

There are two, actually.

Anthony is no longer even an average NBA big man capable of contributing basic minutes in the rotation, and his contract — which includes a player option of $3.8 million for next season — isn’t worth having on the books given his diminished level of production.

Because of all that, it’s been widely assumed that Anthony would exercise that option and remain in Boston for the final year of his deal. But he may re-evaluate his options once the season is finished.

From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

Celtics center Joel Anthony has a $3.8 million player option this summer that he is expected to exercise, but he told the Globe he was unsure of his decision. “When the season’s over, I’ll talk with my agent and look to see what we’re going to do,” he said. Anthony has played little with the Celtics, primarily because he is new to the system and the club wanted to play Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk in the frontcourt. But Anthony could be a more useful asset next season when the Celtics move forward from rebuilding mode. He is the team’s lone legitimate center. “The team, obviously we haven’t had the success that we wanted on the court but off the court it’s been a great situation,” Anthony said. “You don’t always have that when teams are in this type of situation. That’s made it a lot easier being in a good locker room with a good group of guys.”

It would be highly unlikely to see anyone step up with more money even on a two-year deal than Anthony is slated to make in Boston next season. Teams have always paid for size, but there are veteran big men to be had for the league minimum if they’re going to do nothing more than fill out the end of the roster.

  1. 00maltliquor - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Excercise it big dogg. Ain’t no one gonna sign you on the open market anyways. Collect that fo sho money and take up a seat on the bench in what will probably be your last year. Enjoy

  2. JMClarkent - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I definitely think that he needs to take the option. He probably has a solid shot of being waved, giving him a chance to add the vet minimum to that 3.8 million.

  3. fnc111 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    What a fool to even make a comment about this. Even a Mongolian idiot would know to exercise his player option.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      You mad, bro?

    • bhunter1995 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      Mongolian idiot??? That’s a new one lmfao.

  4. adoombray - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Joel Anthony can be Keith Bogans next year! The C’s will excuse him from team activities and play whatever big man they draft with their first instead.

  5. genericcommenter - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    He was never even avg in the first place, but he provides a couple things in short supply. Exercising it should be a no-brainer. Probably his last chance at multi-millions in earnings in 1 year to set himself up nicely for life before possibly sticking around a few more years on vet minimum deals.

  6. miamiheatles - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Come back 2 Miami!

  7. jjthesportsguy - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    So he’s pretty much deciding whether or not he wants to continue playing in the NBA. Nobody is going to sign him in free agency. Miami can find much better for the veteran minimum.

  8. simoneauchristopher5 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    If he exercises it the C’s may use the stretch provision on him. That has to be in his thought process.

  9. realfootballfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    I love the way guys end up basically getting paid to practice and travel with the team at the end of deals that overpaid them in the NBA, lol.

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