Bradley joins Pistons as Celtics clear cap space for Hayward

Nichole Vega
July 9, 2017

The team is desperately in need of big men to play alongside center Al Horford.

And while the trade was to a certain extent necessary to make space for incoming free agent Gordon Hayward's max contract, the cap space wasn't the only thing they gained.

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 National Basketball Association title.

Marcus Morris has a complicated road ahead before it's time for his first Celtics training camp. The early guess here is Jaylen Brown, last year's third overall pick, but it could also be either Smart or Terry Rozier.

Bradley, 26, was the best choice to trade now because he has already hit his ceiling as a player-unlike Marcus Smart-and doesn't have a future in Boston-unlike Jae Crowder.

One of the biggest questions facing the Detroit Pistons this offseason was what they would do with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. In trading Bradley, the Celtics will save roughly $3.5 million next season and the Pistons are able to add more years to Bradley's contract.

Boston would trade Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in December of 2014, making Bradley the longest tenured Celtic on the roster.

If there was ever a player made for Detroit, it's Marcus Morris. Whether he can take a jump or not is one of the biggest questions facing Detroit this season. This is particularly true after the Celtics lost free agent forwards Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk to the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat, respectively.

Detroit reportedly was holding firm at five years for $80 million, but Caldwell-Pope is sure to receive a better offer, perhaps from Brooklyn if the Washington Wizards, as expected, match the Nets' offer to Otto Porter (four years at $106 million). According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, both the Lakers and Clippers were in the running to land Bradley before Detroit managed to pull off the deal. As a result, ESPN's Brian Windhorst has reported the team may just pull Caldwell-Pope's offer sheet and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

- Meanwhile, it's unclear what Utah will do at small forward now that Hayward is gone, and a possible sign-and-trade involving Crowder is off the table.

Sports Illustrated reported on Friday that both Marcus and Markieff are scheduled to go on trial August 21 in Arizona to face charges for "aggravated assault-temporary disfigurement".

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