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The Pistons can add one more player to the active roster, in addition to two two-way contracts. I would've moved Smart - Crowder was Boston's only option to play at power forward, and Bradley is a terrific perimeter defender and three-point shooter. His game cratered after the injury forced him to miss four games.
All three players offer defense, with Bradley and Smart providing elite play at that end of the floor that Denver could greatly benefit from in their backcourt rotation.
( According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, it's the Celtics' 2019 second-round pick, which is likely to fall at the end of the draft.) But Boston did face some pressure to get a deal done now that room was needed to sign Hayward. Let's get to know the newest Piston.
Finally, Boston's front office made their move.
The team now also has a nice little collection of combo guards, who can play both the point guard position and shooting guard position.
And here's another factor: Caldwell-Pope is represented by Klutch Sports Group, known for tough negotiating stances.
Morris' contract over the next two seasons is nearly two good to be true.
Bradley is entering the final season of a four-year contract, so it's not clear if he can be a long-term solution for Detroit.
They are going to have to trade at least one of these guys (most likely Jae Crowder).
Friday's trade relieves some of those financial pressures.
Morris enjoyed one of the better and more consistent years of his career last season, averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds in 79 games with Detroit.
More teams will acquire solid role players and the Celtics will make some moves to open up space.
Bradley, 26, averaged a career-high 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 55 games for Boston last season.
Alas! Arguably, the biggest free agent of this summer has made a decision, and while he isn't the same player as Durant, his move will create a ripple effect in the National Basketball Association for the next few weeks. How will the highly-paid Reggie Jackson, newly-signed Langston Galloway, draftee Luke Kennard, Bradley and Ish Smith all fit together?
Bradley now is eligible for a contract extension, but that's not happening.
Avery Bradley is pretty much a slightly better version of KCP anyway, so now Detroit can actually afford to lose him.
Bradley also gives the Pistons more insurance to move on from Jackson, who struggled while playing banged up past year. "The $10.5M salary in (2018-19) is 120% of his $8.8M current salary", he added.
Bradley will be a free agent next summer, but the Pistons acquired his Bird rights in the deal, which could give them a leg up in signing a player whose prime is still ahead of him. While the Celtics lost the off-screen action Bradley thrived in, Morris is still a pick-and-pop threat.