Why Don't Heat Amnesty Anthony?
I don't understand all the talk of the Heat getting rid of Miller. Miller has been cold blood since we got him, and at 33, still has a good year or two at least. Miller is set to make $12.6 Million in the next two seasons, which is pricy but not crazy for what he gives us when he is healthy. Anthony is functionally useless, and IMO could be upgraded over for the Vet Min so I don't understand why we are going to pay him $7.6 to be useless and Amnesty Miller who we need just for that $5mil difference.
I know with the Luxury tax it multiplys so if we Amnesty Miller it will save more money, but they make plenty of money off the team and from Carnivals raggedy azz sinking ships and I don't see the sense getting rid of a solid rotation guy when getting rid of Anthony is clearly a better way to cut the fat from a basketball perspective. I'd rather finally add Varnado and keep a spot open down the road for whoever the best Vet to get amnestied is. Maybe a guy like Odom or Camby becomes available during the year.
He's considering retiring. They would save $18 million amnestying him. And Varnado has nothing to do with either player being considered for amnesty. They have a spot and money for him.
Its not about the money for Varnado. Its about PT. Anthony hasn't cracked the playoff rotation for the past 2 playoffs, so he is essentially a regular season filler guy and we can the same or better for the Vet Min. Don't understand why you'd let a useless player making 65-70 percent of what Miller makes stay on the roster and get rid of a guy who actually delivers for you. Varnado bring the same thing if not more to the table, plus has some upside. So if you like him, give him Anthony's spot in the second unit because he sucks and he isn't young either so I'm not sure what the upside is to him.
We don't need Miller healthy all year, we need him banging 3's and pulling down boards in the playoffs and hurt or not he has done that since he got here. I understand wanting to save money, but cutting Anthony will save a good deal of money too and won't affect the team at all. When you have the chance to 3peat and build upon a dynasty, Its not fair to your fans to cheap out and get rid of guys you need. We can replace Anthony any day of the week but you don't replace a guy like Miller with the Vet Min.
Signing Varnado will not add much,becuz he is just a younger version of Joel Anthony..A shot blocker that is an average rebounder and has no offensive or post game.........
With so many teams improving their rosters this summer,the Heat also need to make some changes..On paper they're still the top team in the nba..And they play better when their backs are against the walls....But teams arec losing in on them,with Wade dealing wih injuries and Bosh hanging out on the perimeter,the need to make some changes to the roster....They can no longer afford to wait until the last moments to try to win games.. ..Amnesting Anthony will be a smart move.. And maybe they can use the mid-level to sign Dalembert...
Also Anthony could be a solid practice player. Your argument of going with the lesser of the biggest contract is not sound. Miller has been saying he would retire for a couple of years now and only gets spot minutes. Ray Allen and some younger players can make up the shooting he brings while also playing better defense. Battier except for that one stretch has done well in the role Miller normally would have. Anthony stills has a contract you could because he is a energy guy that many teams could still use and his contract is not terrible consider big men always get overpaid.
You don't keep a guy on board for $3.8 Mil because he is a solid practice player. That makes no sense. Thats what the minimum is for, second round picks or Vets can fill out the 12-15 slot on your roster for next to nothing.
People sleep on Miller but he is good. He plays very good defense, and can guard 1-4 in spots switching screens, which is our defensive scheme. He rebounds like a mofo for a white guy. So I don't buy the notion that he is replacable because we need him, he gives us great wing depth and we only started playing better in the Finals when he was starting.
The Heat should amnesty pretty much EVERY big on the team, except Bosh. Then go sign Oden and two well-proved vets that can get you some quality minutes in the playoffs, and thank you we're done.