Joel Anthony expected to pick up player option next season

Jared Wickerham

According to CSNNW.com's Chris Haynes, Joel Anthony will exercise his option next season and remain with the Boston Celtics.

It's a no brainer for Anthony:

Although Anthony isn't too thrilled with the current rebuilding phase of the organization, passing up a sizable guaranteed salary is not something he's willing to do, the source explained.

With career averages of 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds, he's guaranteed $3.8M in 2014-2015.  It's just another reminder that this is the business of basketball and even though it's not the most friendliest number to the Celtics' cap situation, you have to pay your penance in a rebuild.

However, it may not be all bad for the Celtics.  He played limited minutes for us after the trade from Miami, but he's still a big body that can play D and as far as we know, he didn't pull a Keith Bogans and pout in the locker room.  By all accounts, he's a great teammate and has bought into Brad Stevens' system.  Anthony coming back certainly hurts our chances of Kris Humphries re-signing, but his contract is a great chip when trade season rolls around in December.  Like Brandon Bass' expiring deal, Anthony should be easy to move before or near the deadline to a contender looking for a stop gap center to shore up their front court.  With nagging injuries to Birdman and Greg Oden, you don't think LeBron and Wade are wishing that Joel was still in a Heat uniform before they face Al Jefferson and down the road, Roy Hibbert?

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