C’s Send Bradley, 2nd Round Pick To Detroit for Marcus Morris
With the Boston Celtics set to officially announce the signing of big-time free agent Gordon Hayward in the very near future, the team was expected to make some moves to clear cap space in order to take on the hefty new salary headed Hayward's way.
Boston's first major move came Friday morning when they shipped veteran 2-guard and lineup stalwart Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, along with a future second-round pick. In exchange for Bradley and the pick, the C's received forward Marcus Morris.
With Bradley under team control for just one more season and expected to sign a big deal next offseason, he became a key trade piece for the C's. After adding Al Horford on a max deal last offseason, signing Hayward to a max deal this offseason and likely resigning Isaiah Thomas to a max deal in the coming year, Boston will likely not have enough money to bring the two-way threat back next season.
Bradley, who entered the league as a defensive minded guard and has become one of the league's best back court defenders, has spent the last couple of seasons as one of Boston's biggest scoring threats as well.
Last season, Bradley averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game, though he played in just 55 games because of multiple injuries. Bradley has dealt with health concerns throughout his career.
Morris comes to the Celtics with a little less money owed to him than Bradley and the ability to play a few different positions in the front court. While his abilities as a player are a bit less exciting than Bradley's, he did average 14 points per game last season and has a strong track record when it comes to defending Celtics foe Lebron James.