Robb: What Lies Ahead For Celtics After Marcus Morris Trade?

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The Detroit Pistons have acquired guard Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics for forward Marcus Morris.

The Bradley deal creates the salary cap space needed to sign free agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract, ESPN said.

The Clippers and Lakers have had their eyes on Avery but the Celtics were more interested in acquiring Morris and also gave up a second round pick for him. In response to the trade, they renounced their rights to restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The hope is that he can boost his rebounding numbers when he's not on the same side of the floor as Andre Drummond (13.8 rebounds per game in 2016-17). ESPN reported it would be a four-year deal worth in excess of $50 million. Boston fans were looking to Rajon Rondo and Bradley to be the future of the Celtics backcourt. They were forced to make room for free-agent star Gordon Hayward, but many in Boston lamented that Bradley was the choice.

Bradley is coming off the best season of his seven-year career. The Celtics will save $3.5 million per season through this trade. Thomas is the team's starting point guard, though he could play alongside Smart, who isn't almost the same kind of scorer.

Bradley, 26, is a seven-year veteran who came to the National Basketball Association primarily as a point guard but has played mostly at shooting guard for the Celtics since their acquisition of Thomas and drafting of Marcus Smart.

Marcus is the twin brother of Washington Wizards forward Markieff. But from the beginning of the summer - from drafting Duke's Luke Kennard to signing Langston Galloway early in free agency - it seemed clear Detroit didn't want to pay Caldwell-Pope the max contract he wanted. With a few teams now tied up in offer sheets to other free agent targets, the Brooklyn Nets are expected to be a top contender for KCP's services. The team is desperately in need of big men to play alongside center Al Horford.

For the Pistons, though, the peril of potentially going into the luxury tax for to retain Caldwell-Pope and not drastically alter a team that finished 37-45 last season was not a good gamble. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 30 games over two seasons with the Pacers.

There had been reports that maybe Bradley, Crowder or Smart could go to the Utah Jazz as part of a sign-and-trade for Hayward, but it no longer appears that the Jazz will get anything in return for the All-Star forward.

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