Wojo: Pistons win the trade but take a big risk

Wojo: Pistons win the trade but take a big risk

Wojo: Pistons win the trade but take a big risk

In exchange, the Pistons have sent forward Marcus Morris and a second-round pick to Boston.

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade one of their key players in order to create the salary cap room necessary to sign Gordon Hayward to a max contract.

Ainge spoke with the media Friday before the Celtics' Las Vegas Summer League opener Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers, and he doesn't sound like he's done dealing. He started 72 games previous year, averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

The Pistons just added the best pure shooter in the draft, Duke's Luke Kennard, and they might play him early. For his part, Morris put up a tremendous season for Detroit, averaging a career-best 14.0 points to go with 4.6 rebounds.

This season Bradley will be entering the final year of his current contract.

Mar 8, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (13) continues to argue with a referee after being called for a technical foul against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Detroit has now renounced the rights to Caldwell-Pope.

Andre Drummond welcomed Bradley on Twitter: "Welcome to the family Avery!"

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20).

The domino effect continues at power forward, where Henry Ellenson, the 18 overall pick in 2016, and Jon Leuer figure to split time. Coincidentally, one of the other three was his identical twin, Markieff, who received $7.4 million from the Wizards last season. Boston fans were looking to Rajon Rondo and Bradley to be the future of the Celtics backcourt. The signing raised eyebrows: How would the Pistons ever reopen the payroll enough to retain restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope? At best, they've just kicked their luxury-tax concerns down the road a year, since re-signing Bradley would push them deep into the tax in 2018-19. Having played seven seasons with the Jazz, Hayward continually grew to a level of stardom and had a breakout season previous year averaging close to 22.0 ppg as well as 5 rpg. But now, with that process almost complete and the team's roster taking shape ahead of the season, the attention should soon turn to star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who's had a pretty good offseason himself. They're sticking with Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond for now due to their contracts, but that doesn't preclude other moves.

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