On the heels of their big free agency win in the signing of Gordon Hayward, the Boston Celtics needed to find some way to clear up cap space to ensure that they could sign him.

 

This meant that key players from last years number one seeded team may need to find new homes in order to open the door for the new era that is about to commence.

 

The first to go was Center Kelly Olynyk who had a breakthrough of sorts in last year’s playoffs, proving to be a big asset for the team and a potential asset for teams around the league.

 

With Olynyk becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason, he used the momentum to sign a 4-year/$50 Million deal with the Miami Heat for his services.

 

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With one key player off the books, the Celtics needed to make a tough decision on who was the next to go. With a bevy of young talent like Jaylen Brown, rookie Jayson Tatum and newcomer Gordon Hayward, it was Avery Bradley who became the next victim.

 

Bradley is known as one of the best defensive players in the NBA and provided the grit, heart and soul of the Celtics over the past few years. However, when you have a talent like Hayward coming aboard, along with a young core of potential stars, a player like Bradley then becomes replaceable and more of a target to be traded or released.

 

Despite this move, Bradley picked a great year to have his best one yet. Last season, Bradley averaged a career high 16.3 points per game along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

 

Even with the career highs across the board, Bradley only played in 55 games last year which was also another reason that the Celtics probably believed it was best to give him up.

 

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Within days of signing Hayward, the Celtics worked out a trade with the Detroit Pistons that sent Bradley and a 2019 second round pick to Detroit in exchange for Forward Marcus Morris. The trade will save the Celtics $3.8 Million in cap space and provide enough to be able to officially sign Hayward.

 

This will eventually benefit both teams involved. The Celtics gain a versatile forward in Morris who can face up and play well with his back to the basket. Morris also provides veteran and playoff experience that the Celtics will be able to use to their advantage, especially in the playoffs when they need to face a team like the Cleveland Cavaliers who have had their number.

 

For the Pistons, the trade for Bradley gives them a ferocious defender who has also proven that he can score the ball at a pretty good rate. Bradley has the ability to slash to the basket and knock down the three with good efficiency which will be important when you’re playing with guys like Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Stanley Johnson.

 

Overall, the trade should bode well for both parties. The Celtics get their guy and the Pistons gain an asset that will look to help a young team continue to build.

 

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