Boston Celtics Rumor: Team Trades Shooting Guard Avery Bradley For Forward Marcus Morris
With the Boston Celtics looking to shed cap it looks like they have a move that works for them.
In addition to the players, the Celtics will reportedly be sending a 2019 2nd round pick to Detroit as well.
Bradley averaged 16.3 points per game last season and is considered one of the best on the ball defenders in the entire NBA. AB has played for the Boston Celtics for 7 seasons and was the last player on the roster to have played with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Paul Pierce.
Bradley had one year left on his contract worth $8,808,989 and is set to receive a big raise after next season that could come to $20-25 million per season.
Marcus Morris is a 5-year player in the league and has played for the Houston Rockets, Phoneix Suns, and the Pistons. The 27-year-old power forward averaged 14 points per game last season in Detroit in 32.5 minutes per game.
Morris’s salary this year is $ 5,000,000.00 and $ 5,375,000.00 next year.
With Bradley traded the longest tenured member of the Boston Celtics is 23-year-old guard Marcus Smart. With Boston electing to trade Bradley that could mean Jae Crowder and Smart will be staying for the foreseeable future. Ainge will still need to move a couple of more players off the roster but it looks like Boston is getting closer to their opening day roster.
There is still the potential for a Crowder trade though with the Celtics still loaded at small forward. They have Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, and Crowder. Morris plays the 3 and the 4 in extended minutes so there still could be a Crowder trade coming.