Celtics Deal Avery Bradley to Pistons, Clear Way for Gordon Hayward

Celtics guard Avery Bradley

The acclaimed shooting guard was traded Friday, along with a 2019 second-round draft pick, to the Detroit Pistons. At 23, he's also three years younger than Bradley and similarly imposing on defence, while being a better ball-handler and playmaker, though a much worse shooter. KCP's production dipped after the All-Star break, and he put up just 13.8 points a game on 39.9 percent shooting on the season. 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. This is particularly true after the Celtics lost free agent forwards Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk to the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, respectively.

Boston Celtics guard Demetrius Jackson. As the Pistons look to shake off last season's disaster, Bradley is a better all-around player (with postseason experience) who could provide more consistent play. Seeing as the Celtics have plenty of wings with the up and coming duo of Jaylen Brown and talented rookie scorer Jayson Tatum, oh, and Gordon Hayward, there's a good chance that Crowder leaves.

Initially, early reports revealed that the Celtics were looking into a possible sign-and-trade with the Utah Jazz, allowing the Jazz to get something in return and for the Celtics to clear a contract nice and easily. They have several bodies to throw at LeBron in an impending playoff matchup and they have the personnel to boast one of the best offenses in the league. Plus, he has plenty of room to grow offensively, which entices Boston to keep the former #6 pick long-term. He's also versatile and is more than capable of suiting up at the 4 spot.




As NBA.com noted that same year, James "averaged 20.7 points and shot just.308 from deep in three games against the Pistons this season, guarded mostly by Marcus Morris". Who will start between Hayward and Isaiah Thomas? 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.

With Morris gone, Tobias Harris figures to get the bulk of his minutes at small forward in 2017-18. While adding Hayward improves their team, Bradley was an essential part of their starting lineup. Morris also had a valuable contract for the Pistons, with two years and $10.4 million remaining on his deal.

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