The cap space the Celtics needed before officially signing Gordon Hayward was made easier to achieve as Boston traded Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons.

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Danny Ainge had reportedly been discussing deals with more than a half dozen teams concerning Bradley, Marcus Smart, or Jae Crowder.  The team had discussed dealing Crowder to Utah as part of a sign-and-trade with Hayward, but ultimately decided to deal with the Pistons.

Bradley had been with Boston since 2010 and played in 55 games during the 2016-17 season.  He was selected 19th overall by the Celtics in 2010 out of Texas.