SOURCE – The Boston Celtics announced Friday that they have acquired forward Marcus Morris from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley and a 2019 second-round draft pick.
“It’s no secret that Avery had been one of my favorite players, and on behalf of our entire organization, I’d like to thank him and Ashley for all of their contributions on and off the court,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. “Avery did a lot of the dirty work and often didn’t get the recognition that he deserved, but our coaches, staff, his teammates, and our fans who watched him play every night appreciated what a special player and person he is.”
Continued Ainge: “We are excited to add a high quality player with the versatile skillset that Marcus possesses. He will be a great fit for our team.”
A six-year NBA veteran, Morris, 27, has averaged 10.8 points (42.8% FG, 35.5% 3-PT, 71.7% FT), 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 26.2 minutes over 416 career games (218 starts) with Houston, Phoenix and Detroit. He is one of 20 NBA players to have averaged at least 13.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and shoot at least 33.0% from beyond the arc in each of the last two seasons.
In 79 games with Detroit in 2016-17, Morris (6-9, 235 lbs) averaged 14.0 points (41.8% FG, 33.1% 3-PT, 78.4% FT), 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.5 minutes. The University of Kansas product and Philadelphia, PA native produced career highs in points (14.1 ppg), rebounds (5.1 rpg), assists (2.5 apg) and minutes played (35.7 mpg) with the Pistons in 2015-16. His 2,856 minutes played that season ranked fifth throughout the NBA.
Selected by the Celtics with the 19th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Bradley averaged 12.1 points (44.2% FG, 36.6% 3-PT, 77.2% FT), 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.08 steals and 28.1 minutes in 413 career games (340 starts) with Boston.
It is a sad sad time. Avery Bradley is no longer a Boston Celtics. I do not know what to say. While it is a hard pill to swallow, it was a necessary move. Avery Bradley is a unrestricted free agent next summer. Avery Bradley is a very good player. He is going to get paid. The Celtics also have to pay Isaiah Thomas, and as much as I love Avery, I am not picking him over Isaiah. I know people disagree with that, but I am very much a Isaiah Truther. As much as I love what Bradley gives you, I think that Marcus Smart can help take on what Avery was asked to do every night, which is to guard the other teams best guard.
I was seeing that a lot of people wanted to trade away Jae instead of Avery because of all out wing depth. However, Jae is under contract for the next three (3) seasons for an AVG of $7M. That is just too good of a deal to give up when you know Bradley is going to make over $20M. Also, while Avery is a better player, Marcus Morris is still a good player to get back. He gives the Celtics a bigger wing that is a upgrade over Amir Johnson.
With the addition of Morris and Aron Baynes, who the Celtics used their mid-level exception on, really helps fill in that Celtics’ front court.
While I do not know much about Baynes, I do know that he offers the Celtics a big, tough body that can go out there and grab some boards. Which is a skill that they desperately need. While I was hoping to shoot a little higher using that MLE on a big man *cough cough Dewayne Dedmon* I trust that Danny tried to get the best big man he could afford.
While losing Avery is tough, it was necessary to bring in Gordon Hayward. The NBA Playoffs being a stinker really fucked the C’s because they the less money they made on Playoff games, the less money that was added to the salary cap. So thanks for nothing Cavs, couldn’t you at least let us win another game or two if you knew you were just going to get manhandled in the finals??? Just seems rude if you asked me.