Trade grades: Who wins Celtics-Pistons deal for Bradley, Morris?

Posted July 08, 2017

The Detroit Pistons are trading forward Marcus Morris to the Boston Celtics for guard Avery Bradley, according to Shams Charania who writes for Yahoo!'s The Vertical.

The Boston Celtics are already signing free agent Gordon Hayward during the offseason, adding a lot of payroll for a player who does more than Avery Bradley at the same position.

Bradley, who is set to make just over $8.8 million next season, is heading to Detroit. Signing Hayward has allowed the Celtics to deal Bradley for more size, with the Pistons gladly giving up Morris in the trade.

The only issue the Detroit Pistons have in front of them is that Bradley may only be with the Pistons for one year.

And small forward Marcus Morris is headed to Boston. Either the Pistons lose Bradley to unrestricted free agency or give him a huge contract that becomes problematic with all their other salary commitments.

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The Detroit Pistons have renounced the rights to restricted free agent sharpshooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Morris, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 14 points and 4.2 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game this season. The Celtics will likely pay Morris and Smart less in 2018-19 than they would have paid Bradley all by himself. He might be even considered the best perimeter defender in the National Basketball Association as of now. Giving up Morris for the return of Bradley, the superior player, and a second-round pick is a fantastic deal, giving them an elite perimeter defender and talented offensive player.

In order for that deal to make sense, Bradley would have to be a substantial upgrade on Caldwell-Pope.

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