ESPN story on Boston trading Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons. https://t.co/Fb9KNZ191Q
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Boston had to make this move to make room for All-Star forward Gordon Hayward. Boston has now lost two key rotation pieces from last year’s squad and may have to lose even more to compensate for Hayward’s huge deal. Boston is receiving a solid rotation piece in Marcus Morris. He is an athletic wing, who is able to play both forward positions, and could ultimately could be an upgrade to Amir Johnson in the starting lineup. Unfortunately for Boston, he will likely not be able to bring the same type production on both ends of the court that Avery Bradley did.
After renouncing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s qualifying offer, it was clear that Stan Van Gundy, and the rests of Detroit’s upper management were ready to move on from him. Detroit did an excellent job in upgrading at the 2-guard position without having to give up too much. Avery Bradley is one of the best on-ball defenders in the league, and has the ability to put the ball in the basket at an efficient. rate. Bradley and Reggie Jackson should make for a very interesting back-court next season.
Moving forward, both teams have many questions that still need to be answered. Can Detroit sign Bradley long term? Who will replace Bradley at the 2-guard position in Boston? It will be interesting to see how both teams will fare in the next few months.