08 Jul 2017 - 23:13

Detroit Pistons acquire Bradley


Washington:  The Detroit Pistons acquired guard Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Marcus Morris, the Pistons said on Friday.
The deal brings one of the best two-way players in the NBA to Detroit, who also receive a 2019 second-round draft pick in the deal.
With Bradley on his way to Detroit, the Pistons withdrew their $5.5m qualifying offer and renounced their rights to restricted free-agent guard Kentavius Caldwell-Pope.
That makes Caldwell-Pope, who was reportedly seeking some $25m, an unrestricted free agent, with the Brooklyn Nets reportedly interested in acquiring him.
Bradley, 26, averaged 16.2 points per game and shot 39 percent from three-point range for the Celtics last season, when Boston reached the Eastern Conference finals.
But dealing him gives Boston room under the salary cap to sign All-Star free agent forward Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million maximum contract.
Hayward, 27, chose the Celtics earlier this week over the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz.