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Celtics Trade Joel Anthony To Pistons For Will Bynum

The Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons have traded Joel Anthony for Will Bynum.

The Celtics appear to be making the move with roster flexibility in mind. The Celtics have 16 fully guaranteed contracts on their books and must trim that down to 15 before the start of the regular season.

If the Celtics ultimately elect to waive Bynum, the $900,000 savings from the trade would give them additional flexibility with the goal of staying under the tax line this season.

Via Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Mavericks Trying To Trade Gal Mekel, Bernard James

The Dallas Mavericks are attempting to trade Gal Mekel and Bernard James due to their need to create a roster spot.

The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season, the sources said. No trade for either player is currently imminent, a source said.

Mekel averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 assists in 31 games as a rookie with Dallas last season. James has averaged 2.1 points and 2.3 rebounds during the past two seasons with the Mavericks.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Chase Budinger Made Available By Wolves In Trade Talks

Chase Budinger has been made available in trade talks by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest in Budinger, among several other teams.

Houston and Detroit are reluctant to take on the $5 million player option on Budinger's contract.

The Wolves have an excess of forwards and minutes may be limited for Budinger.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hawks Quietly Explored Al Horford Trade Last Season

The Atlanta Hawks quietly reached out to a select group of teams last season making Al Horford available, according to sources.

The Hawks were seeking "the right price - including an unprotected 2014 first round pick."

Horford was injured last season, but is healthy again and remains one of the NBA's most productive big men when healthy.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

76ers Could Revisit Michael Carter-Williams Trade Talks

The Philadelphia 76ers tried hard to trade Michael Carter-Williams around the time of the 2014 NBA Draft, but sources say the player they sought with an acquired pick was unlikely to be available.

The 76ers are expected to repeat the exercise in trading Carter-Williams as he recovers from offseason surgery.

The 76ers do like Carter-Williams, but point guard is the most replaceable position in today's NBA and they continue to seek additional high-value draft picks.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Cavs Declined Lakers' Interest On Varejao In Gasol Talks Last Season

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly showed repeated interest in Anderson Varejao while pursuing a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving Pau Gasol.

The Lakers' interest was to no avail.

Varejao had 14 points and three rebounds against the Miami Heat in preseason on Saturday.

Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason.

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavaliers Trade Keith Bogans To 76ers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Keith Bogans to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to sources.

The Cavaliers will also send a future second-round pick and create a $5.3 million trade exception in the process.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavaliers Acquire Bogans From Celtics For Lucas, Murphy, Thomas, Powell, Draft Picks

The Cleveland Cavaliers have aquired Keith Bogans from the Boston Celtics in exchange for John Lucas III, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, Dwight Powell and two future second round picks, according to sources.

Bogans' contract is non-guaranteed this season at $5.3 million and next season at $5.5 million.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Ainge Undecided On Celtics' Plan With Rondo

Danny Ainge is not sure what the Boston Celtics will ultimately decide to do with Rajon Rondo, who can become a free agent in 2015.

"The truthful answer is I really don't know," Ainge insisted. "I have no intention. I'm not trying to trade Rondo, but because he's a free agent this summer, he assured me that he wants to stay in Boston. We'd love to keep him in Boston."

Rondo has played in just 68 games over the past two seasons.

"The possibility of a trade is not out of the question," Ainge said. "Nobody is untradeable, but I don't see that happening." 

Via Worcester Telegram
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