Published: Sat, July 08, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Celtics make deal to send Bradley to Detroit, ESPN reports

Celtics make deal to send Bradley to Detroit, ESPN reports

The Detroit Pistons will acquire guard Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Marcus Morris, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The deal would create salary cap room for the Celtics to finalize a new contract with Gordon Hayward, who agreed to join them as a free agent earlier in the week.

Bradley is in the final year of his contract and was unsure whether he fit long-term financially into Boston's structure.

Sources: Detroit sending forward Marcus Morris to Boston for guard Avery Bradley. Bradley has also been regarded as one of the better two-way guards in the league, being a two-time member of the All-NBA Defensive Team in his career (and arguably was snubbed of that honor this season). Leadership is definitely something that the Pistons need and after losing Marcus Morris someone needs to step up to the plate.

- At some point, Boston was going to have to decide how to allocate its resources to Thomas, Bradley and Smart in its backcourt, as all three will be free agents next summer (the first two unrestricted, Smart restricted). He might be even considered the best perimeter defender in the National Basketball Association as of now.

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Bradley, 26, averaged 16.3 points per game in 2016-17, along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

Had this trade been made a month ago, I would have expected Boston to get the extra pick instead of Detroit.

Bradley's $8,808,989 salary this season is far less than Caldwell-Pope could get, and that matters for the Pistons, who are up against the luxury tax.

For the Celtics, it's clear just how tough the market was for Bradley in their situation.

In a vacuum, adding Morris to the mix in the Bradley deal makes Crowder expendable. Bradley was the first truly painful casualty as Ainge looks to return the Celtics to contender status.

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