Source: Joel Anthony will exercise player option, returning to Celtics

Source: Joel Anthony will exercise player option, returning to Celtics
April 17, 2014, 2:30 pm
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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 CSNNW.com.

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.

Anthony, 31, will earn $3.8 million next season and become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign. If he had elected to opt out, he would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The deadline for the shot-blocking forward to decide his fate is July 1, though the Celtics clearly expected this outcome.

The seven-year NBA veteran has a career average of 2.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 16.0 minutes.