GM Danny Ainge decided to let go one of the league’s most prominent guard defenders.
Just minutes ago, the Boston Celtics have traded Avery Bradley and a future 2019 second round pick to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris. The reason for the move is that Boston wanted to take advantage of Bradley’s stock rising as he has blossomed to one of the toughest point guards to score on. Despite not being picked to an All-Defensive team this year (something he did in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 season), Bradley’s game improved in a major way on the offensive side as he averaged a career high 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
The deal was much needed since Boston wanted to clear up salary cap space after agreeing to sign all star Gordon Hayward to a 4 year, $128 million dollar deal. Expect Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart to help out with the floor general duties if the Celtics decides that they will not shop for a point guard.