Danny Ainge Explains Why Trading Avery Bradley Made Sense For Celtics

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Friday was a day filled with mixed emotions for the Boston Celtics and their fans.

The C’s appear to have finally found a way to clear enough cap space to sign prize free-agent Gordon Hayward, but they did so by trading their longest-tenured player, Avery Bradley.

Boston traded their starting shooting guard (if you believe in those titles) and a 2019 second-round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons on Friday for Marcus Morris. And while money certainly was a factor in the decision, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge acknowledged there was a basketball reason, too, via The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.

It seems important that Ainge mentioned Marcus Smart in that answer, as his name was raised as a potential trade piece to clear salary cap space. Jae Crowder’s name also was floated, but a report Friday said that’s not happening.

So, Bradley was the odd man out for the C’s.

Thumbnail photo via Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports Images

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