Pistons trade Marcus Morris to Celtics for Avery Bradley

Posted July 09, 2017

Boston reportedly sends Avery Bradley and a 2019 second-round pick to Detroit for Marcus Morris, and not all parties (#HasAveryLandedYet) are now aware. According to The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach, one of those other players will likely be 2016 first-round pick Guerschon Yabusele, a forward who recently played for the Shanghai Sharks. The signing raised eyebrows: How would the Pistons ever reopen the payroll enough to retain restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?

The Celtics also will send a 2019 second-round pick to the Pistons.

The Celtics backed themselves into a bit of a jam when they made a decision to sign Gordon Hayward without obtaining the necessary cap room, and the moves they've been forced to make have given other teams a chance to benefit from Boston's trouble.

Bradley, 26, was the best choice to trade now because he has already hit his ceiling as a player-unlike Marcus Smart-and doesn't have a future in Boston-unlike Jae Crowder.

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Bradley is entering the final season of a four-year contract, so it's not clear if he can be a long-term solution for Detroit. As it stands, Bradley has one more year left on his contract and is owed $8.8 million for the 2017-2018 season.

Landing Gordon Hayward was always going to come with a sacrifice for the Boston Celtics and that effect manifested in trading away Avery Bradley.

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. With Bradley, the Pistons get a better defensive leader and a touch better on offense.

On the court with Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, Morris's production was hampered. He has career averages of 16.1 points, 5.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds over eight pro seasons.

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There had been reports that maybe Bradley, Crowder or Smart could go to the Utah Jazz as part of a sign-and-trade for Hayward, but it no longer appears that the Jazz will get anything in return for the All-Star forward.

For a start, they lose their best perimeter defender who did such a good job at taking pressure off Isaiah Thomas on defense. But the reality is that they can play three of the four of them at the same time in many lineups. Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor makes an National Basketball Association player vulnerable to punishment under Article 35.

He averaged 24 points per game in his career at Hendricken, and put up 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals as a senior to help lead the Hawks to a flawless 21-0 record.

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