Did the Celtics make the right decision to trade Avery Bradley?

Marc Gasol

The Bradley deal creates the salary-cap space needed to sign free-agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract.

The deal brings one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association to Detroit, who also receive a 2019 second-round draft pick in the deal. Having played seven seasons with the Jazz, Hayward continually grew to a level of stardom and had a breakout season previous year averaging close to 22.0 ppg as well as 5 rpg. Bradley locked down opponents when Thomas could not, and shot the second-best on the other end of the perimeter (of all Celtics who averaged at least one 3-point attempt a game). He managed to play 6 playoff games before being shut down due to a shoulder injury. Looks like both players will have to pack their bags and uproot their lives once again! Seeing as Bradley, the best player of the bunch, will likely command too much for the Nuggets, though, Smart and Crowder seem like the more realistic targets.

"If Cleveland gets (Jamal) Crawford and another player, which they probably will, Boston still is the second best team", said Nelson.

With the cap situation with Gordon Hayward and a willing trade partner, the Celtics found a way to make their decision, without losing out completely.

The concerns with Dedmon are that he may not live up to his per 36 numbers if he plays more minutes and that those numbers may make his value higher than the room exception number the Boston Celtics could offer him.

Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season, while Bradley averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. "I mean, he was our best 3-point shooter previous year, and he defends some of the top players in the league".

Bradley is entering the final season of a four-year contract, so it's not clear if he can be a long-term solution for Detroit.

Bradley only had one season left on a contract that will pay him $8.8 million in 2017-18. Bradley will be looking for a big payday in his next deal, and he could receive offers that are in the $20 million a season range.

Thanks to Adrian Wojnarowski and his helpful "Woj bombs" on Twitter, multiple sources have reported that Bradley is being traded to the Detroit Pistons, and Morris is joining the Boston Celtics.

During the three times their teams played this most recent season, James averaged 22 points on 56 percent shooting from the field, but just 9 percent from three.

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