Pistons trade Marcus Morris to Celtics for Avery Bradley, report says

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Pistons trade Marcus Morris to Celtics for Avery Bradley, report says

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics will send Bradley to the Pistons for center Marcus Morris.

Bradley is in the final year of his contract and was unsure whether he fit long-term financially into Boston's structure.

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. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He may give it all he has every night but according to Bradley last season is the first time he was a vocal leader and Celtics forward Al Horford helped. As noted by The Vertical's Chris Mannix, the Celtics can now be patient as they assess the market for Crowder - a talented player on arguably the best contract in the league. To sort it out, here are NBA Trade Grades for each side.

The dominoes finally are starting to fall in Boston. They obviously have Hayward at small forward and have a host of wings who can operate at the 3 or 4 in Crowder, Morris, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Much of the attention this offseason has centered on Jackson and big man Andre Drummond, since Detroit could use more production from that point guard-center tandem. Meanwhile, the Pistons get a really good two-way guard and will avoid overpaying Caldwell-Pope right now (a player, albeit a young one, with flaws in his game, issues of consistency and poor efficiency after shooting 39.9 percent last season).

In a vacuum, adding Morris to the mix in the Bradley deal makes Crowder expendable. The Pistons went 37-45 last season, a disappointing mark for a team that was in the postseason in 2016. If Johnson proves a major downgrade from Morris at forward, it may offset the improvement at shooting guard and leave the Pistons on the fringes of the Eastern Conference playoff race with Bradley's free agency looming.

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