Dec 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) during the first half against the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat: Joel Anthony Likely On The Trade Block

With the signing of Greg Oden, the Miami Heat may be looking to move Joel Anthony.

Anthony, who was considered a candidate for the team’s amnesty option before it was used on Mike Miller, has two years and $7.6 million left on his contract. The Heat may opt to trade him to lessen the burden of the NBA’s luxury tax.

It seems the power rotation may be crowded now as Oden joins Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen in the front court. The team also has Jarvis Varnado and the rights to Justin Hamilton. The Heat use LeBron James and Shane Battier in the power rotation as well.

Anthony, a defensive center with little offensive value, was used sparingly during last season’s championship run. A possibly trae partner might be the Toronto Raptors, who could use some defensive versatility in the paint and could welcome Anthony to his home country of Canada.

The 30-year-old center had his worst statistical season last year, averaging just 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 62 games.

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