The Pistons traded forward Marcus Morris to Boston in exchange for guard Avery Bradley and a second-round draft pick in 2019.
The Detroit Pistons made their first big splash of the offseason Friday morning in a trade with the Boston Celtics. Without getting off other salary, the largest offer sheet the Pistons could now match to Caldwell-Pope as a restricted free agent would start around $15.7 million. Mazzulla dropped 39 points in the state championship game that season, and was named the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
In Morris, the Celtics get a solid role player who unfortunately thinks he can be a star.
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.
Avery will become a free agent at the end of next season and it may have been hard to retain both him and All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
Boston might not have any more need to shed salary, but they still aren't good enough to be considered legitimate championship contenders. And trust me, the Celtics weren't eager to unload Bradley.
"But he gives the Celtics something they didn't have with Kelly Olynyk, a better rebounder and a more physical defender", said Nelson.
Overall, Morris was 66th in the league (out of 486 National Basketball Association players) for defensive win shares, an advanced metric measuring the estimated points per possession an individual player allowed.
For his part, the 27-year-old Morris is expected to become a key player for Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
Morris enjoyed one of the better and more consistent years of his career last season, averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds in 79 games with Detroit. But after eight years with Bradley, it still hurt Ainge to move the guard. The Celtics will likely pay Morris and Smart less in 2018-19 than they would have paid Bradley all by himself. Two years from now, the Celtics' roster could look completely different. Dedmon's defensive rebounding percentage, which counts the percentage of rebounds a player pulls down while he is on the floor, was an excellent 30.6%.
Morris, along with his identical twin brother, Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris, are scheduled to go to trial on August 21 in Maricopa County, Arizona, to face felony charges. He's also versatile and is more than capable of suiting up at the 4 spot.