The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons in a deal for forward Marcus Morris, according to a report from The Vertical.
The move was presumably made to help facilitate the free agent signing of Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz. The Celtics still could have other deals in the works, perhaps centered on small forward Jae Crowder and/or guard Marcus Smart.
ESPN reported the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers were also involved in trade discussions involving Bradley, and were prominent in the talks “until the end.”
The Vertical added that the Celtics are also sending a 2019 second-round pick to the Pistons.
Bradley, 26, has been with the Celtics for all seven years of his career, and for the Pistons, will likely be viewed as a modern-day Joe Dumars — as an unselfish guard who can shoot, defend and make winning plays.
Bradley is 6-foot-2 and averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 55 games last season, as the Celtics earned the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Morris is a 6-9 power forward and averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 79 games with the Pistons.
As an aside, ESPN reported the Pistons’ talks with shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are at a standstill. There is a possibility the Pistons let him become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reported.