Miami Heat Rumors: Was Joel Anthony Trade About Andrew Bynum?

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As soon as the Miami Heat announced they had traded Joel Anthony to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team deal with the Golden State Warriors that sent Jordan Crawford out west and Toney Douglas south, the rumors began. What was Pat Riley up to? Was Miami making room for Andrew Bynum or was this all about clearing money for this offseason?

Many seemed to be obsessed with the idea that the defending NBA champions are interested in signing Bynum, but does that make much sense? Miami just debuted Greg Oden last night, the first game in over four years for the big man. Why would they want to sign Bynum? Not to mention the amount of headaches that come along with the headcase that is Bynum.

For everyone that thinks Miami will sign Bynum, maybe Riley can put the silliness to rest. “There’s nothing happening at all with that situation,” said Riley in reference to Bynum. With Oden progressing smoothly and the team gearing up for 2014 free agency, there is no need to waste money and time on Bynum.

So, for all the foolish souls hoping that Miami will take a risk on Bynum only to be torn apart by the center’s immature games, it is not going to happen. Riley has bigger things in mind than a 7-footer with bad knees who can’t even hold a job. Thanks to the trade, the Heat will save a large chunk of change in salary and luxury tax. It also sets up next season’s roster with three guaranteed players, opening the door for a plethora of situations this summer. As far as Bynum’s future in South Beach, well, there is none. Unless he is looking for a vacation home.

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