NBA Trade Grades: Celtics unload Avery Bradley to Pistons

Avery Bradley averaged 16.3 points per game last season

Avery Bradley averaged 16.3 points per game last season. More

Boston.cbslocal.com reports that Morris is a big fan of former KU and former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who according to published reports will have his No. 34 retired in Boston perhaps as early as next season. However, with the recent firing of Phil Jackson, Porzingis is likely to stay in NY for this upcoming season.

Bradley was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team after the 2015-16 season and was the top vote-getter among players not named to the first or second team this season. Having played seven seasons with the Jazz, Hayward continually grew to a level of stardom and had a breakout season a year ago averaging close to 22.0 ppg as well as 5 rpg.

- The Celtics, who already had an unbalanced roster, still have unanswered questions.

With a surplus of guards and a need up front, the Boston Celtics made somewhat of an inevitable move on Friday. Only two Celtics were rated better: Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Although he is a valuable asset, getting rid of him now helps provide the Celtics the funds to happily pay Hayward what he could get if he were to stay with Utah. Boston has plenty of bargaining chips it can use in future moves - the Celtics have been stockpiling first-round picks - and it will be up to Ainge to come up with the right mix. This will allow them to sign Hayward to the full max while also being able to bring up Guerschon Yabusele to the main club. He also averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 39 playoff appearances. The move frees needed salary cap space for Miami, which owed McRoberts just over $6 million for next season.

The second issue is likely a bigger problem. The former University of Kansas star averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds in 33 minutes a game previous year. In return, the Celtics received small forward Marcus Morris (not to be confused with his twin, Markieff). If Hayward and Gobert were still on the same team and kept improving like they did over the years, that formidable duo could have eventually (with. maybe another all-star) finished high in the Western rankings and gone deep into the postseason.

Smart was mentioned in trade rumors Thursday, and ESPN reported that Boston reached out to the New York Knicks about a possible deal. Unfortunately, the best option was to deal a player who we watched grow from a 19-year-old rookie to an all-NBA defender.

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