The Celtics traded Joel Anthony for Will Bynum last week, though the move was one made for reasons other than improving the talent on the roster.
It was about cost savings first, and roster flexibility second.
Boston has 16 players with guaranteed contracts for this season, but the league maximum number of roster spots is 15. Someone has to be traded or waived, and if it was Anthony instead of Bynum, it would have meant the team eating an extra $900,000 in salary.
Bynum is still likely to be waived. But the Celtics are attempting to get an asset in return for him before making their final decision.
From Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:
Danny Ainge and Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Will Bynum, continued to work yesterday to find a destination for the veteran point guard that might also bring the Celtics something of value in return.
“We’re trying to see if there is something we can do,” said Bartelstein, who added Bynum is working out in Chicago, where years ago he was the high school teammate of Tony Allen. …
That said, the Celtics are still most likely to waive the 31-year-old Bynum by the end of the week.
“It’s a tough time of year to make a trade,” said a league source. “Teams are still trying to get used to their rosters, see what they have. Most likely they have to waive him.”
Boston is obviously wise to do its due diligence here, and explore every option. But considering that the team can’t take back another player due to roster constrictions, there’s little motivation for another club to give up anything of value when they could simply sign Bynum outright once the waiver process is complete.
Bynum averaged 8.9 points and 3.7 assists in 18.8 minutes per contest for the Pistons last season.