According to Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat have extended a qualifying offer to 27-year old defensive specialist Joel Anthony. Anthony averaged 2.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 16.5 minutes per game last season.
The Heat now have the right to match any offer given to Anthony. If Anthony does re-sign with the Heat, he would join Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers as the only players the Heat currently have under contract.
The Heat obviously have more than a few eggs in the free-agency basket at the current moment; it’s no secret that the Heat are looking to re-sign Dwyane Wade and add two other major free agents, namely LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
This move ties up $1.06 million of cap space for the Heat. If they re-sign Wade to a max contract and Anthony ends up signing for the $1.06 million, they would be left with approximately 26.07 million dollars of cap room. That’s a lot of money, but not enough to offer both James and Bosh max contracts. There would also be the matter of how the Heat would fill out the rest of their roster if they gave the full $26.07 million to James and Bosh. The Heat don’t lack for ambition, but they will probably need to find a sign-and-trade taker for Michael Beasley if they want their outlandish plan to work.