The Pistons traded forward Marcus Morris to Boston in exchange for guard Avery Bradley and a second-round draft pick in 2019. After a drawn out process, Hayward made a decision to rejoin his ex-Butler head coach Brad Stevens in Boston.
Furthermore, securing Avery Bradley at shooting guard (until next year) eliminates Detroit's greatest concern this off-season: resigning Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
If Isaiah Thomas was the prized Thanksgiving turkey on Boston's table last season, Bradley was the gravy. In seven seasons with the Celtics, he averaged 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. Bradley will make $8.8 million next season.
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Bradley is in the final year of his contract and was unsure whether he fit long-term financially into Boston's structure.
"But he gives the Celtics something they didn't have with Kelly Olynyk, a better rebounder and a more physical defender", said Nelson. The predictable candidate for a move was Jae Crowder, who had been openly disgruntled when Boston fans campaigned for Hayward to join the Celtics during their regular season meeting at in TD Garden. He was arguably the team's second-best player as they won 53 games a season ago, and he was named to the 2016 NBA All-Defensive first team. Dedmon played 17.5 minutes per game and averaged 5.1 points on 62% shooting with 6.5 rebounds.
"It's no secret that Avery had been one of my favorite players", Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said in a press release.
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There had been reports that maybe Bradley, Crowder or Smart could go to the Utah Jazz as part of a sign-and-trade for Hayward, but it no longer appears that the Jazz will get anything in return for the All-Star forward.
Detroit had been reluctant to meet Caldwell-Pope's $25 million-plus asking price. Josh McRoberts, who has played in only 81 games during his three injury-plagued seasons in Miami, would be the most likely candidate for a trade.
The Pistons could have actively been looking to shed money to make room to keep Caldwell-Pope, up to and including any trades involving Andre Drummond or Reggie Jackson.
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