Will Bynum, point guard for the Detroit Pistons, has been traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for veteran center Joel Anthony. Anthony as the third center on the Boston Celtics’ roster was not going to be seeing much playing time with head coach Brad Stevens’ smaller lineups schemes. For the Pistons in Detroit, Bynum has been plagued with a hamstring injury throughout much of training camp that has sent him tumbling down the depth charts. The trade appears to be an even trade and a perfect fit at first glance for both teams.
However, the Boston Celtics’ roster is already chocked full of point guards that comprises of rookies Marcus Smart, Phil Pressey and Evan Turner. The point guard list also includes Rajon Rando who is preparing to return from surgery to his hand. Pressey, who has been seeing less playing time lately, could be affected by the trade.
Trading Anthony for Bynum also does not help the Boston Celtics when it comes down to contract trimming. They have 16 contracts listed on the books already and have to get that number down to 15 before the season starts. The $2.9 miilion salary Will Bynum receives is guaranteed for this year’s season. The trade does make sense financially, as they save $900,000 by acquiring Bynum and releasing Anthony. The Pistons also have 16 guaranteed contracts right now after trading Will Bynum to the Boston Celtics, but they definitely plan to keep Anthony after this season.
Anthony spent five years in Miami and was a two-time champion for the Heat before being traded to the Boston Celtics mid-season. Anthony helps the Detroit Pistons tremendously should center Aaron Gray be out for a while during regular season with a cardiac episode, which is extremely likely. Gray is currently out for the preseason and the Detroit Pistons are still trying to acquire more information on his condition. Anthony will most likely help assist Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Especially if Drummond finds himself in foul trouble, it will give the team another option to go to.
Detroit Pistons manager Jeff Bower stated, “We are pleased to welcome Joel Anthony to the organization. Joel is an experienced front court player who adds size, toughness and depth to our front court.” While Anthony has only played 21 games for the Boston Celtics, coach Stevens had good things to say about the Canadian veteran. He told reporters, “He was a great addition to our locker room, the way he looked out for the younger guys and what he brought after a couple of championship series. What he brought was invaluable; I want to thank him and wish him the best.”
Will Bynum was the longest-tenured Pistons player before being traded to the Boston Celtics. He has been playing for the Detroit Pistons since the 2008-2009 season. Bynum set a record for the Detroit Pistons franchise for points in a quarter acquiring 26 points in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets on April 5, 2009. Bynum has averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists in 338 games with Detroit before being traded to the Celtics.
Commentary by Valerie Bordeau
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