Posted: 1:58 pm Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Miami Heat send Joel Anthony to Boston, get Toney Douglas in a trade 

By Greg Stoda

Joel Anthony

Joel Anthony, shown blocking a shot against Boston in 2012, has been traded to the Celtics. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Heat were involved in a three-team trade Wednesday in which they sent seldom-used center Joel Anthony to Boston, which moved Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State, which shipped point guard Toney Douglas to Miami.

The Celtics will also receive a future second-round pick and a protected first-round pick that could become a second-rounder, from Miami, according to ESPN.

The most meaningful aspect of the trade from the Heat’s point of view is financial. The trade will save the Heat almost $8 million in salary and luxury taxes this season in addition to taking Anthony’s salary off the books next season.

Miami already has Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Roger Mason Jr. as point guards, so it’s difficult to imagine Douglas getting appreciable playing time unless another transaction is made.

The trade of Anthony could be a signal that free-agent signee Greg Oden, a center who hasn’t played this season, might be close to being ready to see action.