Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm  |  33 responses

Greg Oden Signing Could Put Joel Anthony on Trade Block

With Greg Oden accepting the veteran’s minimum, the Heat are on course to pay $19 million in luxury taxes this season. The Sun-Sentinel speculates that the Heat may now look to move Joel Anthony’s contract, which has two years and $7.6 million remaining: “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. Because of the Heat’s position against the NBA’s luxury tax, Oden’s contract will cost the Heat roughly $2.6 million this coming season. With Oden accepting the veteran’s minimum, it leaves the Heat in position to still spend their $3.2 million taxpayer mid-level exception any time through the end of the season. The Heat, however, currently are on course for a $19 million luxury-tax payment to the NBA at season’s end.”

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  • danpowers

    it shouldnt, or does anyone seriously expect oden to stay healthy?

  • tax payer

    I have a feeling Oden and Bosh will be the Twin Towers of the Heat, if Oden stays healthy. Anthony should stay and he will be with them next year.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah that was my first thought. and also, as much fun people make of joel for not being able to play, the few times he is called upon he usually holds his own.

  • Ugh

    I wish I could get paid several million a year for holding my own.

  • danpowers

    yup, its a suprise to me that he doesnt see more minutes. his defensive intensity outweights his offensive limitations by far imo

  • RKJ92

    7 million 2 year deal for Joel Anthony is laughable hahaha dude needs to get shipped asap!!

  • daBiz

    yeah, i was shocked by that contract number. he’s a contributor. but that type of contributor.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Who the hell would trade for that contract though? Joel Anthony has the offensive abilities of a 6th grade j.v. bench player. He is a good defender but not good enough to justify the amount he was given. I still don’t understand why Pat Riley handed him that check.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I think it’s more, Oden takes a roster spot away. Anthony already doesn’t play. If they can trade his contract, great…because they already have a contract that will probably yield nothing at the Center position.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He is awful. Lol, and what he was supposed to do defensively, Chris Anderson does way way better.

  • danpowers

    hm i dont know… miller “left” and given wades (physical) decline and the rising powers in the east such as the pacers, bulls or nets the heat could be forced to go big in the playoffs, more than they were in the last yrs. im not so sure if getting rid of anthony would be such a smart thing.
    on the other hand its quite clear that anthony would be the first to be expendable in riley’s plan to get out of the luxury tax as there will always be a big guy willing to defend and rebound for the vets minimum.

  • RKJ92

    Dan, Anthony has to go.. your essentially paying 7 million over 2 years for Joel to sit on the bench and cheer LeBron on, that money could be used for contract negotiations this next summer (when, Bron, Wade, and Bosh contracts are done) now that they have Oden it would be better for them to part ways, either trade him for an expiring contract, or a 2nd round draft pick if a team gm is stupid enough lol.

  • RKJ92

    Because at the time of the check he was dropping 18-10-3 blocks for team Canada (born in Montreal), and Miami heat desperately needed a center when they put Bron, Bosh, and Wade together but there was no better option at the time (and Joel in his defense did look promising) so they resigned him to a bigger contract so he didn’t walk from the team. It’s just sh*tty now because we know he didn’t pan out.

  • danpowers

    i get it. they better replace him with another big then or they will get into more trouble against big teams than they did the last yrs.

  • RKJ92

    In Riley we trust.. haha

  • danpowers

    lol that guy is a snake. better dont…

  • RKJ92

    All I’m saying is if I was to have a GM on my team, it’s better a snake that would do the dirty work for your team, rather then the nice guy pushover that’s good at his job.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Why? Chris Anderson is on the team. He’s literally redundant.

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  • Vince

    Trade him to Detroit, we need a backup C after we shipped Slava to the Bucks.

  • danpowers

    okok ill stop it now

  • danpowers

    got your point, knicks fans just always have to remind ppl of his “integrity”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol. I’m just saying, this would be like someone wondering why Marcus Camby didn’t play more

  • danpowers

    i thought that was because woodson (sometimes) moves in mysterious ways…

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m not really expecting big things from Greg Oden. I mean, should I be? Honestly…. no hate. I would be happy to see Greg reach heights he’s expected of himself but the early talk of him reaching ‘Bill Russell-like’ output was way over-hyped now, looking back. What does Miami expect?


    They certainly haven’t had to put much on the table (veterans minimum???… has he played enough games to be called a ‘veteran’ ?) to find out what they would get for this upcoming season. It’s really make or break for Oden though. He will hardly have any suitors if he has to endure another injury plagued season……..

    Hope you can achieve everything you set out for Mr Oden. But don’t be offended if I just sit back and observe.

  • JD

    Joel is a better shot blocker and rebounder.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Loooooooooooool no he isn’t.

  • RKJ92

    Hahahaha your awesome bro, that actually made me laugh :)

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  • LakeShow

    $7.6m actually.
    I realize .6 seems like a insignificant number, but that’s $600,000 which is what he is actually worth per year….
    mutha fukas.

  • RKJ92

    LOL ya… the .6 is almost a vet min.. I feel you though Miami done f*cked up, $600,000 muchhhh more like it!! hahaha

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