Joel Anthony to 76ers: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 18, 2016

Detroit Pistons’ Joel Anthony (50) dunks against Atlanta Hawks' Mike Muscala (31) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Pistons defeated the Hawks 115-87. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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The Houston Rockets dealt veteran center Joel Anthony to the Philadelphia 76ers not long before Thursday's NBA trade deadline expired. Derek Bodner of Draft Express added the Sixers sent the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum to Houston in return. 

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported the news. Anthony had just been traded to Houston from the Detroit Pistons along with a protected 2016 first-round pick on Thursday in exchange for Donatas Motiejunas and small forward Marcus Thornton, per's Calvin Watkins.

Bodner added the other details of the trade:

Anthony appeared in only 13 games for Detroit this season. Per Spotrac, he has one year and $2.5 million remaining on his contract, though his salary for 2016-17 isn't guaranteed.

The 33-year-old veteran does have championship experience stretching back to his six-plus seasons with the Miami Heat, but beyond that, the 76ers can't benefit much from Anthony's arrival.

Philadelphia has been in relative tank mode in recent years but has shown improvement since bringing Mike D'Antoni onto the staff as an associate coach and acquiring point guard Ish Smith. Its nucleus is made up of several intriguing young players, not the least of which include big men Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel (ages 20 and 21, respectively).

Even if Anthony is ultimately a mere salary dump, perhaps he could be of some assistance as a mentor to Okafor, Noel and even former lottery pick Joel Embiid, who has yet to suit up for the Sixers.