Joel Anthony

And-Ones: Anthony, Thibodeau, R. Paul, No. 1 Picks

Former NBA big man Joel Anthony has been hired by the Hamilton Honey Badgers, a Canadian team, as a player consultant, the club announced in a press release. Anthony, a Canadian himself, appeared in nearly 500 regular season NBA games from 2008-17, winning a pair of titles with Miami.

“Joel Anthony brings extensive playing experience at the highest level of basketball that will help in the development of our players this season,” Honey Badgers general manager Jermaine Anderson said in a statement. “… He has learned the game under the guidance of coaches such as Pat Riley, Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra, Brad Stevens, and Stan Van Gundy. He has a lot to offer our players, coaches, and staff.”

Here are more odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • Appearing on The Woj Pod this week with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, veteran NBA head coach Tom Thibodeau talked about what he has learned since being let go by the Timberwolves, addressing load management, the increased size of coaching staffs, and more. Ian Begley of shares a few of highlights from Thibodeau, who is expected to be a candidate for the Knicks‘ job and others later this year.
  • With Klutch Sports branching out beyond basketball to represent football and baseball stars as well, agent Rich Paul spoke to Joe Vardon of The Athletic about that transition. The conversation also touched on several other topics, including whether or not Paul would have advised Darius Bazley to play in the G League if the NBAGL’s professional path had looked two years ago like it does now.
  • With his usual NBA power rankings column on hiatus, Zach Harper of The Athletic tries his hand at ranking all 70 first overall picks in NBA history, from the best (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and LeBron James) to the worst (LaRue Martin, Gene Melchiorre, and Anthony Bennett).

International Notes: J. Anthony, B. Paul, Gentile

Former NBA center Joel Anthony has decided to return to Argentina to continue his playing career, as Emiliano Carchia of Sportando relays. After helping to lead San Lorenzo de Almagro to a domestic title and an Americas League championship last season, Anthony has rejoined the club, replacing another former NBA big man, Eric Dawson.

Anthony, who was waived by the Bucks last October, appeared in 490 regular season games over the course of his 10-year NBA career for the Heat, Celtics, Pistons, and Spurs. The 36-year-old also played in another 66 postseason games, primarily for the Heat — he won a pair of titles with Miami.

Here are a few more international notes and updates on players with a connection to the NBA:

  • Brandon Paul, who was waived by the Spurs earlier this year after appearing in 64 games for the club last season, is said to be considering EuroLeague club KK Buducnost, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, who adds that a move to China is another option for the ex-Spurs shooting guard.
  • After being signed and cut by the Rockets this fall, Italian swingman Alessandro Gentile has signed with Estudiantes in Spain, per Carchia. The 53rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Gentile was a Rockets draft-and-stash for several years, but his rights are no longer held by any NBA team.
  • Manny Harris, who has seen NBA action for the Cavaliers, Lakers, and Mavericks, had a short-lived stint in Lithuania this season. As Carchia passes along, Harris and his club in Lithuania, Rytas Vilnius, have agreed to part ways after just 18 days.

Joel Anthony To Play In Argentina

Veteran NBA center Joel Anthony is set to continue his playing career internationally. Anthony has signed with San Lorenzo de Almagro in Argentina, the team announced today via Twitter (hat tip to Sportando).

Anthony, 35, has appeared in 490 regular season games over the course of his NBA career for the Heat, Celtics, Pistons, and Spurs. The big man also played in another 66 postseason games, primarily for the Heat — he won a pair of titles with Miami.

While Anthony was a respected presence in the locker room throughout his NBA career, he never posted big numbers. For his career, he had averages of 2.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 1.1 BPG in 14.4 minutes per contest.

Anthony was last seen in camp with the Bucks this past fall, but didn’t earn a regular-season roster spot with Milwaukee.

Bucks Cut Brandon Rush, Joel Anthony, Gary Payton II

The Bucks have parted ways with a handful of players with NBA experience, announcing late last night (via Twitter) that they’ve requested waivers on swingman Brandon Rush, big man Joel Anthony, and second-year guard Gary Payton II.

Of the three players, Rush has the most recent NBA experience, and perhaps had the strongest case to earn a spot on the Bucks’ regular season roster. Last season, Rush appeared in 47 games (33 starts) for the Timberwolves, averaging a modest 4.2 PPG but making 38.6% of his threes. He’s a career 40.2% three-point shooter.

Rather than carrying Rush though, it appears the Bucks may open the season with Gerald Green holding their final roster spot. Currently, Milwaukee has 15 players under contract, with Green and his non-guaranteed deal joining 14 players on guaranteed salaries.

Rush, Anthony, and Payton will clear waivers on Monday, assuming they’re not claimed.

Bucks Sign Joel Anthony

The Bucks have signed veteran big man Joel Anthony to a training camp deal, the team announced in a press release on its website. The 35-year-old veteran finished the 2016/17 campaign with the Spurs but didn’t see much action.

It’s unclear whether or not the 11-year veteran will stick with the young Bucks’ roster considering that they already have Thon Maker, Greg Monroe and John Henson capable of playing the five.

Regardless of Milwaukee’s crowded depth chart, Anthony’s most significant contributions are of the intangible variety. The center has managed to keep signing with new franchises despite having played fewer than 10.0 minutes per game each season since back in 2011/12.

Spurs Sign Joel Anthony For The Rest Of The Season

After inking him to a pair of 10-day contracts, the Spurs have signed veteran center Joel Anthony for the remainder of the season, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Anthony’s second 10-day deal expired Saturday, so San Antonio had to either part ways with the 34-year-old or sign him for the rest of the year. Anthony will earn $498K in total and will count $346K against the Spurs’ cap, according to The Vertical’s Bobby Marks (Twitter link).

Anthony has averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in eight games since first joining the team in late January. He has provided front-court depth with Pau Gasol sidelined by a broken hand.

The Spurs are Anthony’s fourth franchise in a 10-year NBA career.

Spurs Re-Sign Joel Anthony

Joel Anthony‘s 10-day contract with the Spurs expired last night, but the team didn’t waste any team in locking him up to a new deal, according to Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News (Twitter link). Young reports that Anthony inked a second 10-day contract with the Spurs this morning.

Anthony, 34, had yet to catch on with an NBA team this season before signing with the Spurs a week and a half ago. San Antonio had been in the market for some frontcourt depth after losing Pau Gasol to a broken hand. Gasol’s initial timeline projected a recovery of four to six weeks, so he may not return to the club until after the All-Star break.

During his first 10-day stint with the Spurs, Anthony appeared briefly in three games, averaging 1.3 PPG and 1.7 RPG in those contests. The games in which Anthony played were decided by double-digit margins, so he doesn’t have a substantial role with the team — that shouldn’t change during his second 10-day deal, though LaMarcus Aldridge will miss Thursday’s game with a sore knee, thinning out San Antonio’s frontcourt a little.

If the Spurs want to retain Anthony when his second 10-day contract expires, they’ll have to sign him to a deal for the rest of the season.

Southwest Notes: Loomis, Anthony, Gordon

Mickey Loomis, the executive vice president of the Pelicans, said his role on the team is “overblown,” as Mike Triplett of relays (ESPN now link). Loomis said that GM Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gentry handle the day-to-day while he simply oversees things as an advisor to owner Tom Benson. Loomis, who is also the Saints GM, added that he focuses most of his attention on the NFL team and admitted that he misses some of the Pelicans games to take care of NFL matters.

Here’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Joel Anthony was the first player the Spurs considered adding when they went looking for a big man off the bench, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News writes. “Joel’s a really intelligent young man who knows exactly what his role is and performs it well,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s a real pro, and the guys respect him.”
  • Jabari Young of Spurs Nation (video link) believes the signing of Anthony, who’s on a 10-day contract, was a good move for the SpursPau Gasol remains sidelined with a broken finger, which could potentially allow Anthony to see some playing time with the team and receive another 10-day deal once his current one expires.
  • Free agent additions Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are thriving with the Rockets, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated writes. Both players credit Houston’s strength and conditioning program for helping them achieve success. “We’ll lift weights, I mean heavy after a game,” Gordon said. “No matter overtime, double-overtime, we’re in that weight room right after every game.”
  • The Pelicans are making a run at the eighth seed in the Western Conference, but Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune wonders if pursuing a match with the Warriors is the best move for the franchise. Duncan argues that the team should tank and land one of the nation’s elite prospects instead of taking an improbable chance at knocking off the league’s best team.

Spurs Sign Joel Anthony To 10-Day Contract

JANUARY 23: The Spurs have made it official, formally announcing the signing of Anthony in a press release.

JANUARY 21: The Spurs intend to sign veteran center Joel Anthony to a 10-day contract, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical. He’ll fill some of the frontcourt minutes opened up by the injury to Pau Gasol.

Anthony, who last saw action for the Pistons in 2015/16, played with the Spurs in training camp. He was among the final cuts for the 15th roster spot in October, a spot that was since re-opened when Nicolas Laprovittola was waived last month.

While he hasn’t been used heavily over the course of the past five years, Anthony spent time as the starting five alongside LeBron James and the Heat during their title runs.

Expect Anthony to spend time slotting in behind Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee in the Spurs’ rotation.

Spurs To Waive Jean-Charles, Garino, Anthony

The Spurs are paring down their roster for the regular season and are set to waive Livio Jean-Charles, Patricio Garino, and Joel Anthony, Michael C. Wright of reports (via Twitter). Garino’s deal has a partial guarantee of $100K and Jean-Charles’ pact worth $1,188,840 is fully guaranteed, which San Antonio will be on the hook for unless the players are claimed off waivers by another team. No guaranteed money was included in Anthony’s arrangement.

Jean-Charles was a draft-and-stash prospect, taken No. 28 overall during the 2013 draft. The 6’9”, 22-year-old Charles played the last four seasons for the French League club ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne, which is co-owned by San Antonio point guard Tony Parker.  Last season he appeared in 25 games, averaging 5.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 21.2 minutes.

Garino, 23, spent four years at George Washington, increasing his production in each season. In 2015/16, the 6’7″ forward averaged 14.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.4 SPG, and 0.8 BPG while shooting 43.0% on three-point attempts.

Anthony, 34, spent the last two seasons in Detroit, playing sparingly for the Pistons. In 2015/16, he averaged a career-low 5.1 minutes per game in 19 regular-season contests.