Pistons trade for former UNLV center Joel Anthony

The Detroit Pistons acquired center Joel Anthony from the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Will Bynum on Friday.

Swapping Anthony, who is set to make $3.8 million this season, for Bynum, who will earn $2.9 million, saves the Celtics $900,000.

“We are pleased to welcome Joel Anthony to the organization,” Pistons general manager Jeff Bower said in a statement. “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.”

Undrafted out of UNLV, Anthony has averaged 2.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 16.0 minutes in 403 career games (110 starts) with the Miami Heat 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.

Anthony, 32, has averaged a career-high of 3.9 rebounds per game twice (2007-08 and 2011-12). He was a member of the Heat’s 2012 and 2013 NBA Championship teams.

Bynum, 31, has career NBA averages of 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 18.5 minutes in 353 games. Undrafted out of Georgia Tech, the 6-foot, 185-pound guard signed as a free agent with Detroit prior to the 2008-09 season.

In six seasons with the Pistons, Bynum averaged 8.4 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 338 games.

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