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Miami Heat re-signs Joel Anthony

The Miami Heat have released yet another press release today: The Miami HEAT announced today that they have re-signed center Joel Anthony. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "This contract with Joel Anthony is a testament to the man who is second to none; who has worked hard and deserved this," said HEAT President Pat Riley. "We felt that what he has done over the last couple of years in developing his game, his body and his knowledge warrants this reward. If other NBA non-drafted free agents want a prototype to follow, Joel Anthony is that man" Anthony has appeared in 169 career games (45 starts) for the HEAT. During his three-year NBA career, all with Miami, he has averaged 2.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.38 blocks and 17.0 minutes, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 66.8 percent from the foul line. In his 45 career starts, he has averaged 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.58 blocks in 22.5 minutes. Anthony currently ranks tied for ninth place on the HEAT’s all-time blocked shots list with 233. He has also led the HEAT in blocks on 66 occasions. During the 2009-10 season, Anthony appeared in 80 games (16 starts) and averaged 2.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.36 blocks and 16.5 minutes, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 71.7 percent from the foul line. He ranked tied for 15th place in the NBA in total blocks (109) and 18th in blocks per game. He also recorded season-highs in games played, minutes played (1,322), points (218), field goals made (76) and attempted (159), free throws made (66) and attempted (92), offensive rebounds (123), defensive rebounds (126), total rebounds (249) and blocks, and led the HEAT in blocks on 30 occasions. Anthony originally signed with the HEAT as a free agent on July 3, 2007, then re-signed with the club on July 20, 2009.