MONTREAL -- Canadian centre Joel Anthony’s six-and-a-half-year run with the Miami Heat ended Wednesday when he was shipped to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team deal.
The 31-year-old Montrealer was sent to the Celtics along with future draft picks. The Celtics shipped guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors for future picks while the Heat obtain guard Toney Douglas from Golden State.
Anthony, a 6-foot-9 defensive specialist, had been with the Heat since the start of the 2007 season when he was a surprise signee following the conclusion of training camp.
In an even bigger surprise, the undrafted free agent became the Heat’s starting centre in 2008-2009, filling the massive hole left when Shaquille O’Neal was moved to Phoenix the previous season.
Nicknamed the Warden for his shot-blocking ability, Anthony appeared in 382 games for Miami and ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in blocked shots (4th), games played (13th) and total rebounds (21st).
But, with the signing of two-way centre Chris Anderson last season, Anthony's playing time dwindled.
He only appeared in 12 games this season, averaging 0.5 points per game.
The trade frees up salary-cap room for Miami, as Anthony is slated to make $7.6 million over the next two seasons.