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San Antonio Spurs get: Joel Anthony
Miami Heat get: Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner provides the Spurs with few benefits. Beyond the arc, he is one of the league's best. But beyond that, he brings little to the table.
Unlike most power forwards, he runs into trouble in the paint and prefers to spend his time around the perimeter. However, while Bonner's shortcomings may not be pleasing to San Antonio, which has a plethora of better candidates to be the three-point specialist, his unique talent should draw the attention of other teams.
Sending Bonner to Miami seems to be a match made in heaven, as his ability to shoot the long ball would integrate perfectly into Miami's offense.
With LeBron James constantly needing to drive into the paint, another big body to clog the middle is unnecessary. Bonner would allow the Heat to spread the floor so James could attack, while also forcing defenses to guard the perimeter. Mike Miller appears to be on his last legs, and on the verge of retirement. Bonner would help fill his role as the Heat's three-point specialist.
Joel Anthony has become wasted space in Miami, as his playing time has dwindled since Bosh's return. Udonis Haslem seems to be Miami's preferred big man, making Anthony expendable if they wish to bring in a different type of player, like Bonner.
Anthony would provide a solid compliment to Duncan, with his rebounding and defense. And Anthony can play the center position comfortably, allowing Duncan to play his natural position, power forward.