Published: Sun, July 09, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

The Boston Celtics Traded Avery Bradley To The Detroit Pistons

The Boston Celtics Traded Avery Bradley To The Detroit Pistons

Bradley is headed to the Detroit Pistons in an all-Big 12 trade, with former Kansas star Marcus Morris going the other way.

By trading Bradley, Boston were also able to bring back more salary than they could have by moving Crowder or Smart, with Morris offering more depth in the frontcourt at minimal cost - two years and just over $10m left on his contract. Boston's current likely starting lineup could be Thomas, Hayward, Crowder, Morris, and Horford. He helped lead the team to the Eastern Conference Finals where they would end up losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. They picked up a highly respected 26-year-old combo guard who can shoot the three and plays fierce defense. He is a restricted free agent right now, but there has been no real news regarding an offer sheet form another team as a bigger domino on that front (Otto Porter) is set to fall.

ESPN reported Bogdanovic received a two-year, $21 million contract. Smart now needs to take a page out of Bradley's book and make the shooting improvement that most are saying is impossible. "He will be a great fit for our team", Boston general manager Danny Ainge said Friday. Dealing Morris, who started all 79 games he played last season, for Bradley also nearly certainly means moving on from starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

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The concerns with Dedmon are that he may not live up to his per 36 numbers if he plays more minutes and that those numbers may make his value higher than the room exception number the Boston Celtics could offer him.

He was a first-round pick by the Celtics in 2010 and has spent his entire seven-season career with the team as a reliable cog in the backcourt. He shot 39.9% from the field with 2 threes a game while his -1.4 nERD is identical to that of Bradley.

Boston would trade Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in December of 2014, making Bradley the longest tenured Celtic on the roster. Morris also had a valuable contract for the Pistons, with two years and $10.4 million remaining on his deal. According to The New York Post's Marc Berman, the Knicks had some interest in acquiring the point guard, though the price tag for him is unclear. He has played for four teams and saw his biggest workload last season with the San Antonio Spurs. This is particularly true after the Celtics lost free agent forwards Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk to the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, respectively.

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