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Avery Bradley's addition changes Pistons complexion across the board | Detroit Pistons

Reports: Marcus Morris traded to Boston Celtics make deal to send Bradley to Detroit, ESPN reports
Spencer Simpson | 09 July, 2017, 00:26

Since the news broke about Boston Celtics player, Avery Bradley being traded for Marcus Morris to join the Detroit Pistons, fans have been looking for answers.

He took over as the starting shooting guard during his second season after Ray Allen was sidelined due to an injury.

The NBA has three forms of the mid-level exception: a non-taxpayer exception for teams under the salary cap, a taxpayer exception for teams over the salary cap, and a room exception for teams too close to the salary cap to use the non-taxpayer exception. The 24-year-old averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 76 games for the Pistons last season.

Bradley, 26, an unrestricted free agent after next season.

A 7-foot center with 3-point range, Olynyk spent his first four National Basketball Association seasons with the Boston Celtics and played mostly as a reserve. This is particularly true after the Celtics lost free agent forwards Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk to the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, respectively.

The 6-foot-9 forward, clearly pleased with his bump up from Detroit to a Celtics team projected at least for a return to the Eastern Conference finals, gives the Celtics yet another player capable of playing both frontcourt positions.

With the cap situation with Gordon Hayward and a willing trade partner, the Celtics found a way to make their decision, without losing out completely.

Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James looks to pass around Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley dur
Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James looks to pass around Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley dur

The Boston Celtics pulled off a shocking move early on July 7.

Also, considering that the Pistons were 100 percent ready to pay Kentavious Caldwell-Pope the max money that he was seeking on the restricted free agent market, adding a player like Bradley is the next best thing. Plus, he has plenty of room to grow offensively, which entices Boston to keep the former #6 pick long-term.

Isaiah Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season, and Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart were all in double figures as well.

Morris averaged 14 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season.

The second issue is likely a bigger problem.

"Morris will make about $5 million over the next two seasons and should help the Celtics front court with a frame of 6'9" 236 lbs. The Utah Jazz would miss out on a previously discussed sign-and-trade deal for Crowder, per ESPN.com reporters Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski.

By some measures, Morris was the NBA's best defender of LeBron James during the 2015-16 regular season.

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