Former Texas standout Avery Bradley's time with the Boston Celtics is up, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Morris is a fine player, albeit one not as talented as his twin brother Markieff. They obviously have Hayward at small forward and have a host of wings who can operate at the 3 or 4 in Crowder, Morris, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. His shooting isn't consistent enough to make him an ideal stretch option in the frontcourt, but his career average from downtown is a respectable 35.5%.
Ultimately, for a team that needed to shed salary, picking up a useful player and losing a soon-to-be-expensive one is not a awful move.
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.
Bradley will also be pairing up in the backcourt for Detroit with Reggie Jackson. He is an absolute bulldog on both ends of the court. His scoring production has gradually improved over the course of his first seven National Basketball Association seasons, averaging 12.1 points and shooting better than 36 percent from three-point range.
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The decision on who to trade for Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was likely coming down to Smart and Bradley, who are both set to hit free agency next summer along with fellow guard and face of the franchise Isaiah Thomas.
The Pistons are over the salary cap and would be over the luxury-tax line of $119 million if they wanted to offer Caldwell-Pope a maximum salary of about $24 million. Meanwhile, the Pistons get a really good two-way guard and will avoid overpaying Caldwell-Pope right now (a player, albeit a young one, with flaws in his game, issues of consistency and poor efficiency after shooting 39.9 percent last season).