Celtics’ Bradley to Pistons for Morris
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.