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Report: Joel Anthony opting in with Celtics

Apr 17, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT

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Joel Anthony began the season with the only NBA team he’d ever known, playing in sunny Florida and trying to win a third straight championship.

Then the Miami Heat traded him to the lowly Celtics, who play in the bitter cold of Boston.

I doubt Anthony appreciated the move on any level.

At 31 years old, Anthony has a chance to return to a winning team. All he has to do is opt out of the final year of his contract, which pays him $3.8 million next season.

Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

Boston Celtics forward/center Joel Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season and return to the C’s, a league source informed

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.

Good for him. Most NBA players will never approach the money they can make while playing, and they have a short timeframe to maximize their earnings.

On a minimum contract, Anthony’s most-likely alternative, he would have made $1,227,985 next season. He’ll likely be a minimum-salary player the following year, and then, he can hunt for a title contender to take him.

For now, make that money.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    3.8mil to ride the pine? Sign me up!

  2. miamatt - Apr 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Easiest business decision all year.

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    My condolences, Celtics fans. JC Meyer and Co.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Our condolences right back at you Lakers nation. You guys suck, too.

      • adamsjohn714 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        The C’s sucked on purpose for a bunch of draft picks. The Lakers sucked because they thought old people don’t get hurt and bad players are good players. They aren’t too similar.

      • xmen1906 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Which team do you think will get back to title contention faster, LA or Boston?

  4. campcouch - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Boston has some good food!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Better than New Yawk.

  5. xmen1906 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Keep gettin them checks

  6. jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Anthony’s a two time NBA champion. He’s worth a bit more than some pine rider.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      That Anthony in New Yawk is no champion (yet).

    • xmen1906 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      If I ran a younger team that was on the verge of pushing for a title, I would bring in a guy like Anthony (veteran, respected and played on championship teams). $3mil would be worth it

    • biasedhomer - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      But he isn’t worth $3.8M

  7. bellerophon30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Was there any doubt that he would opt-in? I know that given his salary, this is news. But barely. No other team would give Joel more than the veteran’s minimum…..if that.

  8. scalfor3 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Doesn’t really matter from a C’s perspective. He’ll ride the pine this year then come off the books just in time for the huge 2015 offseason, which is what Boston’s saving it’s cap space for anyway.

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