Boston Celtics trading starter Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

Boston Celtics trading starter Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

Boston Celtics trading starter Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

Only two Celtics were rated better: Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart.

The shooting guard, 26, is headed to the Pistons in exchange for Marcus Morris, the teams confirmed on Friday. Detroit still needs to sort out its backcourt, but Bradley is a keeper, and if the Pistons can convince him to stick around, he's a player who can be a building block for the future.

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And with that, Caldwell-Pope's four-year tenure with the Pistons comes to an abrupt end. He shot 39 percent from the 3-point line on 5.0 attempts per game and is considered one of the league's top perimeter defenders. Detroit could be aggressive in pursuing a new deal with him, something that Bradley has been keenly interested in, league sources said. He joined the Heat as a free agent on July 14, 2014. A combination of Galloway and Bradley could make a lethal defensive lineup. "Let's get to work!"

Harris played both forward spots last season, but with Morris gone, he can slide back to small forward, where he is more comfortable.

And here's another factor: Caldwell-Pope is represented by Klutch Sports Group, known for tough negotiating stances.

The Pistons lose Morris, who has been a steady veteran and a mainstay in the starting lineup over the past two seasons.

Bradley had one year left on his contract worth $8,808,989 and is set to receive a big raise after next season that could come to $20-25 million per season. The Pistons can match an offer made to their former 2013 first-round selection, but not much as surfaced since the free agency period began last week.

He then went on to play for coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia University, helping lead the Mountaineers to the 2010 Final Four. Bradley averaged 16.3 PPG 6.1 RPG 2.2 APG and 1.2 SPG last season with the Celtics.

Marcus Morris and his twin brother Markieff played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2008-2011; Marcus Morris was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2011 for KU. If Caldwell-Pope becomes a star, the front office will face major criticism with earlier financial moves hamstringing the franchise at this juncture. Focus on being the best player that you can be.

Bradley, who has played seven seasons in the National Basketball Association, averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and shot 39 percent from three-point land. Even though Bradley and Smart being free agents next summer helps lower their value somewhat, they're still important to the Celtics and Bradley's all-around game in particular would be valuable to countless teams. Johnson was the primary backup to Caldwell-Pope at shooting guard last season, but with their additions, they can flex the forward positions and give Johnson more playing time in his more natural position, defending players his size.

Bradley now is eligible for a contract extension, but that's not happening.

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