In a three-team deal involving the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors, the Heat have acquired veteran guard Toney Douglas from the Warriors and set veteran center Joel Anthony to the Celtics.
“It’s always difficult trading a player like Joel who was a big part of the past two championship teams and will always be a part of the Miami Heat family,” team President Pat Riley said in a release from the team. “This trade gives us great flexibility moving forward in our journey to win an NBA Championship.
“Joel was a true professional who worked hard every day, and we wish him the best in the future.”
Anthony, who was originally signed by the Heat as a free agent on July 3, 2007, was a part of two NBA titles in Miami. He appeared in 382 career games (110 starts) with the Heat and averaged 2.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.27 blocks while shooting 50.8 percent from the field.
The 6-9 center had appeared in 12 games for the Heat this season, averaging just over three minutes an appearance. He was averaging 0.5 points and 0.6 rebounds a game.
His last appearance came on Jan. 7 when he played two minutes in the Heat’s win over New Orleans. His last points came on Dec. 30, when Denver coach Brian Shaw picked him from the Miami bench to shoot two free throws in place of an injured Norris Cole. Anthony made both, his only opportunities from the stripe this season.
Douglas has appeared in 270 career NBA games (30 starts) and averaged 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 82.9 percent from the foul line.
A Florida State University product, Douglas has appeared in 24 games with the Warriors this season, averaging 3.7 points and 1.0 rebounds while shooting 37.2 percent from the field.