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Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
Position: C
Born: 08/09/82
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Van Gundy would like to retain Anthony and sign another young big man. “I’m really hoping that we can keep Joel here,” Van Gundy said. “I’m really hoping that. We can’t negotiate with him yet, we can’t talk money, but I do think he knows. I talked to him, we’ve told him consistently. We would like to have him back. We’re going to sign another guy and then we’ll go from there. That’s a competition and we’ll try to sign the best guy we can. Joel, he’s far from being done, but he’s getting up there in years so we would like to sign a younger guy there. And he’s been made aware of that, he understands that. We don’t hide many things when we’re talking to our guys. We’re not trying to fool anybody.”
The Pistons have veterans who can offer spot help to a contender (Augustin, Caron Butler, even Jennings in the right situation). They have bigs they either might want to move, or who have no contractual obligations after this season, or both (Monroe, Smith, Joel Anthony, Jonas Jerebko). They have expiring contracts (Anthony, Jerebko, Monroe, Singler, Gigi Datome).
The Heat traded Anthony before the trade deadline a season ago, a transaction that neither LeBron James nor Dwyane Wade endorsed publicly and privately. “I had caught wind that a trade was a possibility,” Anthony said. “So when it happened, even though you knew it was a possibility, it still caught me by surprise just because you’re so close to the team, the organization and the city. It’s tough having played somewhere your entire career, the amount of time I had over there and all the memories. Obviously, Miami has always been home for me. I still have my place there in the offseason.”
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Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, potentially a consecutive year out of the NBA playoffs for a veteran who had three straight runs to the Finals with the Heat. Even so, Anthony, 32, has made clear to Van Gundy his desire to remain part of the new regime, aiming to re-sign with the Pistons and be a member of a roster that thrives again in Detroit. “I love the idea of being here, staying here moving forward and having a chance to help them turn this franchise around,” Anthony told RealGM. “Stan has been very adamant about wanting to change the culture, so to be part of that … I don’t want to say it’s more special than playing on a contending team that could win it all, but it would be very satisfying and gratifying to be part of a situation where you’re able to turn things around.”