The Detroit Pistons acquired Avery Bradley in a trade with the Boston Celtics earlier today, and he's expected to be the team's starting shooting guard.
That makes Caldwell-Pope, who was reportedly seeking some $25m, an unrestricted free agent, with the Brooklyn Nets reportedly interested in acquiring him. His scoring production has gradually improved over the course of his first seven National Basketball Association seasons, averaging 12.1 points and shooting better than 36 percent from three-point range. According to ESPN's Tom Haberstroh, James averaged just 20.5 points per 100 possessions when defended by Morris - his lowest average against any defender in the league that season. The team is desperately in need of big men to play alongside center Al Horford. 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. Despite climbing as high as the second seed in the East, Boston would finish in fifth place and a showdown with the Atlanta Hawks was looming.
The Celtics now have five such forwards, including Morris, Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum.
- The Celtics, who already had an unbalanced roster, still have unanswered questions.
The Pistons front office agreed to terms with guard Langston Galloway on the first day of free agency to a three-year, $21 million deal that hard-capped Van Gundy out of the tiny bit of flexibility Detroit was working with.
Crawford averaged 12.6 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting last season. Morris also had a valuable contract for the Pistons, with two years and $10.4 million remaining on his deal. Bradley is easily the best of the bunch, and it's likely the Pistons now let restricted-free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sign somewhere else. Morris has two seasons remaining on his current contract, which is due to pay him $5 million next season and $5,375,000 in 2018-19.
Outside of Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics are loaded with interchangeable pieces. Bradley is a better 3-point shooter (39.0 percent last season and 36.6 percent career vs. 35.0 percent last season and 33.4 percent career for Caldwell-Pope), but their box-score stats are otherwise broadly similar.