Early in the morning on Friday the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Avery Bradley and a 2nd round in 2019 to the Pistons in exchange for Marcus Morris. Bradley has one year left on his contract at 8.8 million dollars one of the most team-friendly deals in the NBA. While some Celtics fans feel emotional about this due to the fact Bradley was the lone player remaining who played with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.
I view it as the wrong move the man who should have been sent packing was Jae Crowder. Bradley I feel is a poor man’s Klay Thompson a good three point shooter and very good perimeter defense. So I feel Bradley was a better fit on the floor, and also after the free agent signing of Gordon Hayward, the Celtics have a logjam at the three spot. Between Hayward, 2016 3rd overall pick Jaylen Brown, and 2017 3rd overall pick Jason Tatum. Now Crowder who I view as a poor man’s Jimmy Butler is under contract for three more years at just over 7 million a year. So the Celtics might haven gotten less of a return but I say so what? Morris not only is a worse player than Avery Bradley he has zero future here. If you are doing a pure salary dump to make room for Hayward you trade the guy who doesn’t fit here anymore, not your 3rd best player.
Furthermore, another aggravation is the fact that Paul George went to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Reports at the time indicated the Indiana Pacers wanted to sign Kelly Olynyk who at the time was a restricted free agent under control of the Celtics. So if Geroge went for so little of cost and the Celtics were going to deal Bradley to clear the cap space for Hayward…there wasn’t a deal to be made there? The Pacers took on Oladipo’s contract which is horrible, typically when you are rebuilding you want cap space and draft picks. So they could have gotten Olynyk a player they wanted, who has since signed with the Miami Heat and Bradley a player on an expiring contract. There are 2nd guesses all around on this trade, the one thing that can salvage this trade is if this means more playing time for Brown or Tatum. Until then this makes no sense on many levels.
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