HoopsHype Joel Anthony rumors

September 2, 2013 Updates

Q: With the Grizzlies waiving Fab Melo, should the Heat consider giving him a chance to earn a roster spot? I read reports last year that he would have been Miami's pick in the draft had he not been selected by the Celtics. -- Rudy, Miami. A: If most-recent impressions factor in, then I would consider it a longshot, based on how the former Sagemont standout looked in front of the Heat staff at the Orlando summer league while playing for the Celtics. The Syracuse product remains a raw presence likely destined for more time in the D-League. If the Heat are able to offload Joel Anthony's contract, then it might be possible Melo could be brought in to compete with Jarvis Varnado, but such a spot might not even exist with Greg Oden essentially a developmental project, as well. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 1, 2013 Updates

"It's not an issue of whether you're going to play or get minutes, the most important thing is that we went out to win a championship," Anthony said. "That's my goal. At the start of the season I'm not thinking if I'm going to get minutes or not, instead it's about getting that title. As that goal was reached, there's no reason to go anywhere else." ESPN.com

August 3, 2013 Updates

With the addition of Oden, it is possible the Heat now look to move Anthony's contract, which has two seasons remaining, as a means of reducing their luxury-tax bill, having recently released swingman Mike Miller under the amnesty provision due to such concerns. In addition, Varnado's contract does not become partially guaranteed until opening night. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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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. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 13, 2012 Updates

Miami Heat center player, Joel Anthony, chose to celebrate his 30th birthday with his friends and family in Antigua & Barbuda. On his arrival at VC Bird International Airport last Wednesday, the NBA Champion was greeted by his mother and former teacher, Erene Anthony, who lives in Canada, and his aunt Nurse Florence Anthony of Old Road, the community where he chose to celebrate this major milestone. Caribarena Antigua

The six-foot nine-inch tall athlete was also greeted at the VIP Lounge by Minister of State within the Ministry of Sports Senator Winston Williams, Director of Sports Evans “Jawakie” Jones and the Director of Tourism in the US, Derede Samuel-Whitlock. Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer also called Anthony to wish him a happy 30th birthday and to welcome him back home. Caribarena Antigua

August 9, 2012 Updates

They call it Kadooment Day in Barbados, and apparently, the word means “fun and good times.” Miami Heat center Joel Anthony could add a few qualifiers after he experienced first-hand the carnival-like festival in Bridgetown. The world champions Heat's No. 50 — all 6 foot 9 of him — slipped onto the Caribbean island over the weekend. And it seems he got caught up quickly in the atmosphere of Crop Over, the end-of-sugar- cane-harvest festival. Miami Herald

July 9, 2012 Updates

The pursuit of more players may not stop there for the Heat, though they won't break up the team to do it. The Heat have no interest in including point guard Norris Cole or center Joel Anthony in any sign-and-trade scenarios, a source said, meaning anyone interested in playing for them (veterans such as shooting guard Raja Bell and center Marcus Camby) will have to settle for the minimum. SI.com

July 7, 2012 Updates

Free agent center Marcus Camby’s scheduled Saturday visit to South Florida to meet with the Heat was postponed Saturday morning because the Heat no longer has its $3.1 million mid level exception (which is going to Ray Allen) and Camby wants to see if there’s a possibility if the Heat and Houston Rockets can work out a sign-and-trade that would deliver him a salary in that range or higher. The Heat and Rockets have had discussions about a sign-and-trade, according to an NBA source, with Joel Anthony, Norris Cole and a future first-round draft pick among the potential pieces to a deal. Miami Herald

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To put in perspective how different this current universe stands, consider that in exhibitions this past week against Brazil and Puerto Rico, Anthony attempted seven and six shots. Then consider that in his 75 appearances this past season, he did not attempt more than five in any game. "It’s definitely helped me," he said of receiving freedom to further his game, "because, realistically, it’s not something I’ll be able to do with Miami in the NBA, just because of the talent we have. To be able to get that and develop more as a player, I think it’s really important. "Pretty much the biggest thing is to try to bring some of those aspects to Miami from my international play. That’s one of the biggest things that I’m trying to focus on, so I can help my team a lot more when I get back to Miami." Montreal Gazette

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