Pistons acquire Bradley in trade with Celtics

Pistons acquire Bradley in trade with Celtics

"As reported throughout the week, the Boston Celtics" ability to sign Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward to a maximum 4-year, $128 million contract is contingent upon the team freeing up the necessary salary cap space.

The Celtics got Marcus Morris from the Pistons in exchange for Bradley, which meant they kept Jae Crowder even though the team was cutting salaries.

In the worst-case scenario, the Celtics would have lost two of their core players (one by trade, Bradley by free agency). While Caldwell-Pope was often cited by Van Gundy as a player who competed hard virtually every night, the Pistons lose nothing in that area with Bradley, a dogged competitor. Rather than play the waiting game or negotiating game, the Pistons went out and got a substantial upgrade at a much-lower price, then renounced their rights to Caldwell-Pope. He missed time with a myriad of injuries, including a hamstring, an achilles and a shoulder.

"Nothing but love for Detroit", Morris texted The Detroit News on Friday afternoon.

Kelly Olynyk, who averaged 4.8 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game for the Celtics past year, has signed with the Miami Heat. Crowder averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting at a 40 percent mark from distance last season.

While it's true that the Boston Celtics have slightly improved their roster for this upcoming season, they aren't significantly better than they were just a few months ago.

All three players offer defense, with Bradley and Smart providing elite play at that end of the floor that Denver could greatly benefit from in their backcourt rotation.




The Orlando Magic have come to a two-year, $12 million deal with Shelvin Mack, which includes a partial guarantee for the second season.

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

Outside of Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics are loaded with interchangeable pieces. Unfortunately, the best option was to deal a player who we watched grow from a 19-year-old rookie to an all-NBA defender.

He left the University of Texas after one season in 2010 and was the No. 19 pick in the National Basketball Association draft that year by the Celtics.

With the departure of Bradley, look for more playing time for young guards Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier. Bradley is in the final year of his contract.

"Morris played small forward for the Pistons primarily, but has the size at 6'9" and 235 pounds to play power forward.

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