Celtics Trade Joel Anthony For Will Bynum
The Boston Celtics sent reserve center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for guard Will Bynum on Friday.
In what was seen as a move to get roster flexibility, The Celtics also save $900,000.00 in the deal as Anthony was set to make $3.8M this season and Bynum just $2.9M. The Celtics currently have 16 guaranteed contracts in their roster and need to chop it off to 15 before the regular season starts on October 28.
It is unclear if the Celtics will keep Bynum since the team is already very deep at the point guard position with superstar Rajon Rondo, 2014 lottery pick Marcus Smart and Phil Pressey already on board. And unless the C’s are planning to move any of those PG’s anytime soon, Bynum could be headed to the waivers.
The Pistons’ “motivation” in getting Joel Anthony was getting a veteran big man with championship experience to help Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. The Pistons are also looking for an insurance player in case backup center Aaron Gray misses more time due to a “cardiac episode”. Detroit also has another center in Hasheem Thabeet who is with the team under a non-guaranteed contract but with Anthony around now, that 15th and last roster spot is likely to go to the former Miami Heat because of his championship experience.
Although he was not a major part of the team, Anthony was still part of the Heat’s back to back title squads. He provided solid minutes at the center position with his hard work and defense.
The Celtics acquired Joel Anthony from the Miami Heat last January in a three team deal that included the Warriors. Aside from Anthony, the Celtics got two future draft picks for parting with MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford.
With the Celtics, the 31-year old Anthony played in just 21 games and averaged 17.1 minutes of playing time per game. He averaged just 1 point and 1.5 rebounds while playing for the green and white.
On the opposite end, Will Bynum had a solid 2014 season for the Detroit Pistons. The 31-year old Georgia Tech product averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists per game last season. He was always a fan favorite at Detroit because he played relentlessly on both ends of the floor. According to a report from the Boston Herald, the Celtics “may be looking for another move to avoid waiving Bynum.”
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