Detroit Pistons pick up Avery Bradley from Boston Celtics for Marcus Morris

Alicia Guzman
July 8, 2017

According to an ESPN report, the Boston Celtics are finalizing a trade to send guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons.

Sources: Detroit sending forward Marcus Morris to Boston for guard Avery Bradley.

This season Bradley will be entering the final year of his current contract. Bradley, who turns 27 in November, is older than the 24-year-old Caldwell-Pope, but he's also been a better shooter from 3-point range, finishing at 39 percent last season.

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During the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs, Bradley was the Celtics second go-to-guy on the scoring end when Isaiah Thomas was injured or resting. While the Celtics are still making a big addition to their backcourt, losing a fan favorite like Bradley to pick up what was thought to be a no-strings attached free agent has to sting a bit. He also brings averages of 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists to Boston.

Isaiah Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season, and Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart were all in double figures as well. To sort it out, here are NBA Trade Grades for each side.

Marcus Morris and his twin brother Markieff played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2008-2011; Marcus Morris was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2011 for KU.

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In a vacuum, adding Morris to the mix in the Bradley deal makes Crowder expendable. And, as noted, advanced metrics haven't supported the notion that Bradley is an elite defender. Caldwell-Pope isn't far off that.

- The Celtics, who already had an unbalanced roster, still have unanswered questions. The Pistons went 37-45 last season, a disappointing mark for a team that was in the postseason in 2016.

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The Detroit Pistons appear to have their answer at shooting guard for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

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