Detroit Pistons land Avery Bradley from Boston Celtics

Bradley became expendable in Boston because of the depth the Celtics have created with a trove of recent first-round draft picks but mostly due to their need to shed salary to fit newly signed free agent Gordon Hayward under the salary cap. Crowder has one of the league's best contracts, one that pays him an average of $7.3 million over the next three seasons. Bogdanovic averaged a career-best 13.7 points last season while splitting time with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington.

The Celtics now have $30.8 million to make room for Hayward's $29.7-million salary, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Expect Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart to help out with the floor general duties if the Celtics decides that they will not shop for a point guard.

An off-season that presumably was going to be uneventful and predictable for the Detroit Pistons took an unexpected turn Friday.

This move was a bit confusing from Boston's perspective. Plus, he has plenty of room to grow offensively, which entices Boston to keep the former #6 pick long-term. The Morris twins, however, not only say they had nothing to do with the incident but they also deny having previous ties to Hood. The Celtics also still have their mid-level exception of $4.328 million, the most mentioned target has been big man Dewayne Dedmon, who would instantly fill a rebounding need that has been opened with the departures of Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, Mickey, and most likely, Jonas Jerebko. At best, they've just kicked their luxury-tax concerns down the road a year, since re-signing Bradley would push them deep into the tax in 2018-19.

"#1 The Celtics' offence was driven by the 5'9" Isaiah Thomas who thrives when he has utmost control of the basketball. Smart will likely command less than Bradley, and it is clear that Thomas is now Boston's man after back to back offseasons that saw them acquire Horford and Hayward to create another big three in Beantown.

In Morris, the Celtics get a solid role player who unfortunately thinks he can be a star. If Hayward and Gobert were still on the same team and kept improving like they did over the years, that formidable duo could have eventually (with. maybe another all-star) finished high in the Western rankings and gone deep into the postseason. In that sense, Bradley is a high-end version of the free agent the Pistons added, Langston Galloway, another guard capable of defending either backcourt spot, making plays off the dribble and shooting above the league average from the 3-point line.

ESPN reports that the Pistons also receive a second round pick in the trade.

  • Stacy Allen