Pistons trade Will Bynum to Celtics for Joel Anthony
The Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics completed a trade today, with the Pistons sending guard Will Bynum to the Celtics in exchange for center Joel Anthony.
Both players are generally considered backups in the NBA.
“We are pleased to welcome Joel Anthony to the organization,” said Jeff Bower, General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. “Joel is an experienced front court player who adds size, toughness and depth to our frontcourt. We thank Will Bynum for his contributions and wish him the best in the future.”
Anthony, 32, has averaged 2.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 16.0 minutes in 403 career games (110 starts) with Miami and Boston. Acquired by Boston in a mid-season trade from Miami last season, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound center averaged 1.2 rebounds and 5.6 minutes in 33 games. Undrafted out of the University of Las Vegas Nevada, Anthony has averaged a career-high of 3.9 rebounds per game twice (2007-08 and 2011-12). He averaged a career-high 3.5 points per game during his rookie season with Miami. Anthony is a career 50% shooter from the field and played a career-high 80 games during the 2009-10 season. He was a member of the HEAT’s 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship teams.
According to the Detroit News, "Anthony, at 6-foot-9, is an undersized defensive-minded center who spent five years in Miami before being traded to Boston midseason. His $3.8 million contract expires after the season, and although the Pistons have 16 guaranteed contracts, they plan on keeping him."
Bynum, a 6’0” guard, appeared in 56 games for the Detroit Pistons last season where he averaged 8.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. Bynum, who is entering his eighth NBA season, has posted career averages of 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 18.5 minutes per game. He recorded 10 or more points in 22 of the 56 games that he appeared in last season with a season-high of 19 points against Washington on October 30. During the course of the 2013-14 season he led the Pistons in assists in 14 contests and tied his career-high with eight rebounds at Philadelphia on January 10.