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Celtics’ Joel Anthony will exercise option on contract, source says

Joel Anthony (left), who played sparingly for the Celtics, likely wouldn’t have received $3.8 million on the open market.

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Joel Anthony (left), who played sparingly for the Celtics, likely wouldn’t have received $3.8 million on the open market.

The Celtics’ salary structure became clearer just hours after the regular season ended as center Joel Anthony will exercise the $3.8 million option on his contract for next season, according to an NBA source.

Anthony, who was acquired Jan. 15 from the Heat in a three-team deal that also included the Warriors, played in just 21 games for the Celtics, averaging 1 point and 1.5 rebounds. Anthony could have opted out on his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, but it is unlikely he would have garnered $3.8 million in the open market.

Anthony’s playing time increased toward the end of the season, but the Celtics will have to decide whether he is part of their future. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who wouldn’t confirm Anthony’s decision when reached Thursday, could move Anthony’s contract this summer.

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GwashburnGlobe.

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