As always, it appears that yet another trade made by Celtics president Danny Ainge is working out in his favor, as the Pistons have made guard Avery Bradley available to any and all teams via trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Part of the summertime salary dump that allowed the Celtics to add Gordon Hayward, the versatile Bradley, who was shipped to the Pistons in exchange for Marcus Morris, was acquired by the Pistons to seemingly be part of their future core. Even as a player that would require around $20 million per season as a pending free agent.
But in a slide that’s left them at 22-26, now three games behind the Sixers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, and now having doubts on their ability to lock him up on a long-term deal, selling high on a Bradley rental while they still can is Detroit’s plan.
“As much as anything else, [it’s about] the concern in Detroit over their ability to re-sign Bradley in free agency in this summer,” Wojnarowski said. “When they traded for him with Boston, they had hoped he’d be their shooting guard of the future.
“The fear of losing him for nothing in July free agency and the team’s slide almost out of the East playoff picture has them taking offers and making calls on Bradley.”
The move is a shock in the sense that the Pistons not only moved Morris, who is under contract this season and next season for less than $5.5 million, but also renounced the rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, to take their one-year gamble on Bradley.
It’s a gamble that has not worked out, as Bradley has battled through a groin injury, and has shot just 40.9 percent from the floor, a 5.4 percent drop from last season.
Morris, meanwhile, has emerged as a viable wing option, averaging nearly 12 points a game, and has scored in double-digits in seven straight contests for the Celtics. The 6-foot-9 forward is also averaging a career-best 5.4 rebounds per game this season despite an eight-minute reduction in his nightly averages from a season ago.
According to Wojnarowski, the 27-year-old Bradley will draw significant interest from teams in the Western Conference, where dominant guards are by all means common.
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