The Boston Celtics have officially acquired veteran point guard Will Bynum from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Joel Anthony. The move announced earlier today, will provide the C's with some roster flexiablity. Anthony was set to make $3.8 million this season while Bynum will earn $2.9 million. The swap will save the team about $900,000 in salary and keep them under the tax-line.
Now with the season opener less than two weeks away, Danny Ainge still has 16 guaranteed contracts to trim down to 15. It's still not clear if newly acquired Bynum will stick around or be waived. Then again another player could be released if coach Brad Stevens believes Bynum is worth keeping over another point guard like Phil Pressey who will only be paid $947,276 this year.
The 6'0 Byum has been mainly a back-up point guard in his seven years in the league with averages of 8.2 points and 2.3 assists per game. He has also made 44 percent of his shots during his pro career.
Anthony, 32, goes to his third team in less than a year. He was acquired from the Miami Heat in a three-team-trade that also included the Golden State Warriors last January in exchange for Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks. The veteran center played sparingly the end of last season, but picked up his player option for this year instead of becoming a free-agent. His expiring contract is still an appealing trading chip if Detroit looks to move him going forward.