Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons

Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons

Just minutes ago, the Boston Celtics have traded Avery Bradley and a future 2019 second round pick to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris.

Bradley, 26, averaged a career-high 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 55 games for Boston last season.

More deals could be upcoming for the Celtics as they go about setting their roster for the new season.

One of the best two-way players in the league is headed to the Detroit Pistons.

Celtics trading Avery Bradley and a second-round pick to Detroit for Marcus Morris, source told ESPN. The same nearly certainly could not have been said for Bradley, who might (correctly) demand something close to the max, especially in a relatively weak free-agent class.

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Bradley will make about $8.8 million next season and then become an unrestricted free agent.

The Boston Celtics are acquiring star wing Gordon Hayward, but it still comes at a price due to the salary cap.

Are the Celtics better with Avery Bradley or Marcus Morris?

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. If either of them thrive this season, it puts the team in a position to enjoy the benefits of Bradley for this season, while not having to give him a max contract.

Marcus Morris was taken with the #14 overall pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft by the Houston Rockets, one slot after his brother was taken at #13 by the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 14.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in his two years with Detroit.

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