Celtics’ Bradley to Pis­tons for Mor­ris

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

DETROIT» One of the big­gest ques­tions fac­ing the Detroit Pis­tons this off­sea­son was what they would do with Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope.

On Fri­day, they re­placed him. The Pis­tons traded for­ward Mar­cus Mor­ris to Bos­ton in ex­change for guard Avery Bradley and a sec­ond-round draft pick in 2019. Bradley’s ar­rival gives the Pis­tons a re­place­ment for Cald­well-Pope, who had been a re­stricted free agent. Detroit has now re­nounced the rights to Cald­well-Pope.

Bradley av­er­aged 16.3 points per game last sea­son for the Celtics, but Bos­ton is adding Al­lS­tar for­ward Gor­don Hay­ward and mov­ing on from Bradley. Mor­ris av­er­aged 14 points for Detroit.

Celtics pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions Danny Ainge re­leased a state­ment thanking Bradley for his con­tri­bu­tions.

“It’s no se­cret that Avery had been one of my fa­vorite play­ers,” Ainge said. “Avery did a lot of the dirty work and often didn’t get the recog­ni­tion that he de­served, but our coaches, staff, his team­mates, and our fans who watched him play ev­ery night ap­pre­ci­ated what a spe­cial player and per­son he is.”

Bradley was the long­est-tenured mem­ber of the Celtics, bridg­ing the gap from the era of Paul Pierce, Kevin Gar­nett and Ray Allen that won the 2008 NBA ti­tle.

Foot­notes. Free-agent guard Shelvin Mack is fi­nal­iz­ing a twoyear, $12 mil­lion con­tract with the Magic. The deal in­cludes a par­tial guar­an­tee on the sec­ond year. The agree­ment is ex­pected to be com­pleted Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to league sources. … The Cava­liers agreed on a oneyear, $2.3 mil­lion deal with freeagent for­ward Jeff Green. It’s a min­i­mum-level deal for Green, who will add ver­sa­til­ity and depth to the Cavs bench. … The Hor­nets of­fi­cially signed Michael Carter-Wil­liams to a oneyear, $2.7 mil­lion con­tract, fill­ing a need at backup point guard be­hind all-star Kemba Walker. … The Heat traded oft-injured for­ward Josh McRoberts to the Dal­las Mav­er­icks for cen­ter A.J. Ham­mons and a 2023 sec­on­dround draft pick. … The Pac­ers signed free agent Dar­ren Col­li­son. The Wiz­ards re­nounced the rights to free agent Bo­jan Bog­danovic so he could agree to a two-year, $21 mil­lion deal with the Pac­ers. … Cen­ter Zaza Pachu­lia agreed to a $3.5 mil­lion, one-year con­tract to stay with the NBA cham­pion War­riors, his agent, Mark Bar­tel­stein, said. … The hype sur­round­ing Lonzo Ball and the Lak­ers-Celtics ri­valry led to Las Ve­gas NBA Sum­mer League his­tory as fans sold out Satur­day’s ses­sion the day be­fore.

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