BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics have found a taker for their need to clear cap space. They are trading guard Avery Bradley to the Pistons for Marcus Morris, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Friday morning.
The Lakers and Clippers were also reportedly involved in trade talks for Bradley, according to Wojnarowski. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman added that the Celtics are also trading a second-round pick.
Trading Bradley for Morris saves the Celtics about $3.8 million in cap space, according to Spotrac. That will give them enough room to sign free-agent forward Gordon Hayward to a max deal. Hayward agreed to a four-year, $128 million deal with the Celtics on Tuesday.
Bradley, the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, averaged a career-best 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Celtics in 2016-17. He’s also long been one of the league’s better defensive guards, earning First Team All-Defensive honors in 2015-16 and Second Team All-Defense in 2012-13.
Bradley has also struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. He has never played a full 82-game season and played just 55 games in 2016-17. He did, however, play all 18 playoff games for the C’s, averaging 16.7 points per game. He hit the game-winning three-point shot in the Celtics’ Game 3 win over the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Morris, 27, averaged 14 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Pistons last season, shooting 33.1 percent from three-point range. In Morris, the C’s get another wing who can shoot and score with a chance to start at the 4 for Brad Stevens. He is under team control for the next two seasons at $5 million and $5.375 million, respectively.