If a minor deal is out there to be made, do not be surprised if Jerryd Bayless and his $3.1 million expiring contract are moved for a player like Detroit’s Will Bynum who makes about $2.79 million which is less than Bayless but has one year remaining on his current deal with the Pistons.
Blakely previously covered the Pistons for MLive before departing for Boston. He likely has a pretty good understanding of both the Pistons’ and Celtics’ approaches nearing the trade deadline.
But I can’t see why Boston would make this trade.
Bayless is better than Bynum, younger than Bynum and has a more palatable contract than Bynum. Even if Bayless costs more this season, that means practically nothing considering Bynum’s contract is a year longer, extending to next season. The Celtics fall below the luxury-tax threshold, so they’re likely unmotivated to cut short-term salary just to add more long-term salary.
If Joe Dumars could pull off this trade, it would be fantastic. It’s not the type of major deal that moves the needle either way, but there’s little downside for the Pistons. That’s also why I’d be shocked if Dumars gets a chance to make this move.