Trade official: Celtics trade Joel Anthony to Pistons for Will Bynum
UPDATE 3:24 PM: And it’s official and done, Will Bynum is headed to Boston (at least temporarily) and Joel Anthony is part of the crowded Pistons’ front court.
11:18 AM: The Boston Celtics would like to save some cash.
The Detroit Pistons want depth along the front line because Aaron Gray has been out and it’s possible down the line they could trade one of their front line guys (Greg Monroe).
The Boston Celtics are working to finalize a trade that will send center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum, according to a league source.
The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind. They have 16 fully guaranteed contracts on their books and must trim that to 15 before the start of the regular season. Swapping Anthony, who is set to make $3.8 million this season, for Bynum, who will earn $2.9 million, will save the team $900,000.
Bynum is buried on the Pistons depth chart, but that doesn’t really change in Boston. He likely doesn’t stick with the team, suggests A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.
This deal appears almost done and likely gets finalized later on Friday or at least over the weekend.