Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley shoots in front of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in Washington. A person with Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons
Garry Little | 08 July, 2017, 00:30

Avery Bradley is headed to the Pistons in exchange for Marcus Morris, The Vertical reported Friday.

The Detroit Pistons have officially joined the free agency frenzy, Avery Bradley is on his way in, and Marcus Morris is on his way out.

Bradley is in the final year of his contract with the Celtics. Bradley will be leaving the team coming off a season where he averaged a career-high 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.

Avery Bradley's time with the Celtics is reportedly over.

- Speaking of choices, Detroit came into the summer with the best shooting guard on the market and the second-best restricted free agent (behind Wizards forward Otto Porter) in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He might be even considered the best perimeter defender in the National Basketball Association as of now. But Boston thought Morris gave them another option at power forward.

The experience of Bradley, along with the young talent that the Pistons have been able to acquire via the NBA Draft over the last few seasons, should help the franchise get closer to being a playoff contender in short timing.

The Detroit Pistons appear to have their answer at shooting guard for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Morris should end up starting for Boston next to Al Horford, though the calculus could change if the team elects to keep Jae Crowder. He shot 39 percent from 3-point range. Bradley was the first truly painful casualty as Ainge looks to return the Celtics to contender status.

While Morris' contract isn't almost as favorable as Crowder's - he's not in Crowder's class as a player and has just two years remaining at his below-market rate ($5 million this season, $5.4 million in 2018-19) instead of three - it's still far, far cheaper than Bradley's would have been next summer. The Pistons went 37-45 last season, a disappointing mark for a team that was in the postseason in 2016.

Detroit - saddled in luxury tax with more than $66 million committed to Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer for next season alone - was expected to match any competing offers on Pope.

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