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Ainge hints at more Celtics moves - 'We're not comfortable yet'

Ainge hints at more Celtics moves - 'We're not comfortable yet'

The Boston Celtics traded guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris, the team announced Friday.

As of right now, Hayward to the Celtics seems like a match made in heaven, in fact, that was the case for most of the speculation throughout the season and weeks leading up to July 1. Due to injury this past season, Jackson's numbers were slightly down from the prior season.

Bringing the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Morris twin into the fold gives Boston coach Brad Stevens even more flexibility and versatility and also brings some beef and attitude to the team trying to break through and reach the NBA Finals. Basically, they were ready to shake it up and move on from Caldwell-Pope, so they dumped a 24-year-old guard who had shown improvement but hadn't grown beyond a sketchy shooter, still below the league average.

"But he gives the Celtics something they didn't have with Kelly Olynyk, a better rebounder and a more physical defender", said Nelson.

#5 The Celtics lost out on Paul George and Jimmy Butler, choosing to keep their "valuable" draft picks and cultivate talent in Boston. That move makes Caldwell-Pope an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team.

Celtics fans knew a deal was coming this week to coincide with the signing of Gordon Hayward. Since being traded to the Pistons in 2015, he's averaged 14.1 points per game on 42 percent shooting. He's also versatile and is more than capable of suiting up at the 4 spot.

Trading Bradley opened upwards of $3 million in cap room for Boston. Morris is set to make a flat $5 million in 2017-18. Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas are also preparing for a big pay day in the summer of 2018.

The second issue is likely a bigger problem. The 6'11 power forward provided some much-needed size to the Celtics who are a small team in general. Boston's current likely starting lineup could be Thomas, Hayward, Crowder, Morris, and Horford. The Utah Jazz would miss out on a previously discussed sign-and-trade deal for Crowder, per ESPN.com reporters Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski.

The Pistons have spent recent years trying to do the best they can with limited resources each offseason.

Morris is a solid 235 pounds, and though he hasn't been known as a rebounder, he averaged 4.6 rebounds last season playing next to Andre Drummond, one of the most dominant rebounders in the National Basketball Association.

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