Report: Pistons reach two-year deal to retain Joel Anthony

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Stan Van Gundy is going to start Andre Drummond at the five and Ersan Ilyasova as a stretch four next to him, with guys like Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris coming off the bench up front.

But like every coach, he’d like a little more depth up front.

Enter Joel Anthony.

The Pistons like what they saw from him last year (they traded for him from Boston at the start of the season) and now have reached a two-year deal to retain Joel Anthony as their third center, reports Vincent Ellis with the Detroit Free Press.

The 6-foot-9 center who provided a strong veteran presence in the locker room last season has agreed to a two-year, $5-million deal, according the person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. The second year of the contract is not guaranteed….

His playing time wasn’t consistent with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe taking the majority of minutes at center, but he excelled when called upon. His player efficiency rating of 14.74 was a career high for the eight-year veteran.

For the record, that PER is below the league average (15). Best remembered for his time on LeBron’s Heat squads, Anthony doesn’t bring much on the offensive end, but he rebounds and defends, plus plays with a lot of energy. In the limited minutes he will get this season, that’s all the Pistons need.

At this price for one year, it’s a fair deal.