HoopsHype Joel Anthony rumors

January 15, 2014 Updates

Q: Why didn't Miami just take Crawford and Brooks? Was this mainly a salary move for the Heat? Still a great deal for them just by getting Anthony off the books this year and next. Could this possibly lead to a Bynum signing? Chad Ford: So many things that can happen this summer if LeBron James opts out of his contract. Heat knew Anthony would be picking up his $3.8 million option next year and wanted that contract off the books to help with their flexibility. They know that LeBron will leave if he finds a better situation elsewhere. They want to make sure they have the cap flexibility to bring in the players they need to next year. And as far as this year goes, this move is probably a forerunner to them signing Andrew Bynum. ESPN.com

The trade will save the Heat about $7.7 million in salary and luxury taxes this season and frees them on the $3.8 million they owed Anthony for next season. Depending on the Heat's salary-situation for next season, this is a deal that could end up saving them more than $15 million in salary and luxury taxes for a player who played just 37 minutes this season. ESPN.com

December 31, 2013 Updates
December 6, 2013 Updates

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 Anthony, who has played in just five games this season, is one of the players who may be available. ESPN.com

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

June 1, 2013 Updates
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October 29, 2012 Updates
September 10, 2012 Updates

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

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