Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and guard Will Bynum are expected to meet on Saturday, according to two NBA sources, and the team is likely to waive Bynum, who was acquired Friday from the Detroit Pistons.
Bynum, 31, is in Boston and will take his physical before he and his representatives meet with Ainge. NBA sources said the Celtics are content with their point guard lineup of Rajon Rondo, Marcus Smart, and Phil Pressey, leaving Bynum out of the equation.
Boston traded Joel Anthony’s expiring $3.8 million deal for Bynum’s $2.9 million deal. The $900,000 difference pushes the Celtics approximately $2.2 million below the luxury tax line, and the organization has no intention of exceeding that line with a rebuilding team.
There was speculation that the Celtics acquired Bynum to replace Pressey, who will earn $815,000 this season, but sources say Bynum was acquired to help the Celtics avoid the luxury tax, and they were also able to find a taker for Anthony, who had little role on the team.
With Anthony gone, the Celtics are expected to keep Vitor Faverani, who is out another two months following a second knee procedure, and make him the third center behind Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller.
The Celtics still have 16 guaranteed contracts, including that of rookie Dwight Powell, and just 15 roster spots. So Ainge will have to waive a player with a guaranteed deal or make a trade to reduce before the season opener Oct. 29 against the Brooklyn Nets.
After Saturday’s meeting, that move is expected to be Bynum, who will garner interest on the free agent market once he is placed on waivers.