BREAKING NEWS: Pistons On The Verge Of Losing Big star As He Agrees To Join to Celtics With a Lucrative Contract Offer

Reports: Pistons to buy out Mike Muscala, making him free agent - NBC Sports

Mike Muscala, former Boston Celtics center, has also entered the buyout market. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski claimed on February 27 via his X account that the Detroit Pistons are close to finalizing a buyout with Muscala.

Muscala is an option for the Celtics (more on that later), but MassLive’s Brian Robb outlined why he does not believe a reunion is in the works.

“With multiple contenders appearing to have interest in Muscala, it’s hard to foresee a reunion in Boston at this point unless the big man is set on securing the best possible chance to win a ring,” Robb said in a report published on February 28, 2017.

Robb also mentioned what other teams can provide for Muscala that the Celtics cannot.

“Several Eastern Conference teams are battling injuries to key big men, which could give Muscala a chance at playing time off the bench for a squad like the 76ers or potentially the Knicks, among others.”

The Celtics added Xavier Tillman to a frontcourt lineup that includes Kristaps Porzingis, Al Horford, Luke Kornet, and Neemias Queta. Mike Muscala would give depth, but his playing time would be limited in Boston.

Despite the Celtics’ attraction as a title candidate, players like Muscala are more interested in staying in the NBA than in winning a championship since they enjoy playing.

Celtics Can Legally Re-Acquire Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala only played with the Celtics for a short time. The Celtics acquired him from the Thunder prior to the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline. He played 26 games for Boston in both the regular season and the playoffs. The Celtics traded him the next offseason.

In 2023, the Celtics traded Muscala to the Washington Wizards to acquire Kristaps Porzingis. The NBA’s CBA regulations bar teams from lawfully re-acquiring players they traded away for a year. This means that if Muscala remained with the Wizards, the Celtics would have to wait until the offseason to get him back.

However, when the Wizards traded him to the Pistons, that regulation was rendered null and void because it only applies to the previous team that traded him. Once Muscala clears waivers, the Celtics can lawfully sign him. If the Wizards had bought him out, they would not have been permitted to do so.

Mike Muscala Enjoyed His Time in Boston

Mike Muscala harbored no ill will toward the Celtics, despite the fact that he was traded very shortly after joining the organization.

In an interview with CLNS Media’s Bobby Manning, Muscala enthused about his brief stay in Boston.

“I had a great time,” Muscala told Manning during an interview on September 14. “It was one of my fondest basketball memories. It was a wonderful city. When people ask what it was like, I always praise the city and the team. The fans were great. They love basketball and were really supportive. I just really enjoyed getting to know the city, learning about the history of the place, having some friends and family come out and visit, and playing at the Garden; it was fantastic. A lot of really enjoyable recollections.”

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