The move comes just hours after the Pistons landed guard Avery Bradley in a deal with the Boston Celtics. Josh McRoberts, who has played in only 81 games during his three injury-plagued seasons in Miami, would be the most likely candidate for a trade.
There is no solution to the first issue; Dedmon started 37 games for the Spurs last season and would have a good chance to start at center for the Celtics, so the team will just have to hope his rebounding numbers can carry over into an expanded role. Crowder averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting at a 40 percent mark from distance last season. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Finally, Boston's front office made their move. That meant moving on from Bradley, Jae Crowder or Marcus Smart in a trade. The Pistons announced the trade Friday. Boston has plenty of bargaining chips it can use in future moves - the Celtics have been stockpiling first-round picks - and it will be up to Ainge to come up with the right mix.
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Smart's relentless defensive activity and versatility combined with the most uncanny ability to do every single little thing on the court has given him all the playing time he needed over the years. Though he won't be as high of an option in Boston, he may find more room to thrive.
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Bradley only had one season left on a contract that will pay him $8.8 million in 2017-18. Smart will likely command less than Bradley, and it is clear that Thomas is now Boston's man after back to back offseasons that saw them acquire Horford and Hayward to create another big three in Beantown.
The experience of Bradley, along with the young talent that the Pistons have been able to acquire via the NBA Draft over the last few seasons, should help the franchise get closer to being a playoff contender in short timing. While adding Hayward improves their team, Bradley was an essential part of their starting lineup.
The Celtics also will send a 2019 second-round pick to the Pistons. Dealing Morris, who started all 79 games he played last season, for Bradley also nearly certainly means moving on from starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
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.
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