Report: Avery Bradley headed to Detroit in trade

The Boston Celtics are reportedly finalizing a trade to send Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Marcus Morris is reportedly being included as at least part of the haul coming back from the Pistons, and Boston is including a 2019 second-round draft pick as sweetener. The move was prompted by the lack of space under the cap needed to sign former Utah Jazz swing man Gordon Hayward. Bradley, a seven-year NBA veteran who has played his entire career in Boston, and slated to earn $8.8 million next year in the final year of his contract, was seen by many as the most likely option for such a trade due to his ability to bring back a decent player while still getting to the needed cap space. the $3.8 million left over after accounting for Morris' incoming salary gives Boston additional flexibility to retain or sign additional players, as well.

Morris, who will be 28 next season, provides competent floor spacing with some rebounding and scoring help, shooting a career .355 from three while logging 14 points and 4.6 boards last season with the Pistons. This is of course not going to replace Bradley's contribution to the team as the longest tenured Celtic, who logged 16.1 points and just over six boards per game last yeaar, but Morris' size and intensity should add some much needed muscle to the team's front court.

I won't lie, I'm pretty sad this had to happen, but even if no other assets come back, this was a solid move to get to where Boston needed to go. Vaya con dios, Avery. You will be missed, intensely.

Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.

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