The Los Angeles Clippers were more motivated to trade Avery Bradley at the deadline than they were DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers sought a first round pick for Bradley. “They wanted a first rounder for him and just couldn’t get it,” said Marc Stein on the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast.
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Marc Stein: The Spurs have emerged as a trade suitor for the Clippers’ Avery Bradley, according to league sources
Marc Stein: The Clippers are seeking a first-round pick to surrender Avery Bradley, who just arrived in LA via last week’s Blake Griffin blockbuster
Los Angeles will now shift its focus toward fielding interest for center DeAndre Jordan and Avery Bradley. Louis Williams held tremendous interest on the market, but he had outpriced himself out of potential offers of a late first-round pick or second-round selection.
Avery Bradley’s name keeps popping up as a top target for the Thunder, according to multiple league sources, and the Clippers have made the guard available after acquiring him in the Blake Griffin blockbuster. Bradley’s defense regressed this season in Detroit, but he’s been an elite perimeter defender in the playoffs, and has been one of the few players who can bother Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, the two point guards in between the Thunder and a trip to the Finals. Bradley’s ability as a cutter and a spot-up shooter would also be a natural fit in OKC.
The Thunder — who never had any intention of trading Paul George — have canvassed the league in search of bench help. The need for a wing defender increased in the wake of Andre Roberson’s season-ending knee injury, and OKC has indeed done due diligence on Avery Bradley, Jonathon Simmons and any other wing defender it believes could be on the market.
Kevin O’Connor: One of the guys I heard (the Jazz) are targeting and who is very available is Avery Bradley from the Clippers. I’ve heard Bradley has drawn interest from Oklahoma City and from Utah. So it’ll be interesting if Utah will be able to add another dynamic defender in Bradley who can also hit spot-up threes.
In the wake of losing Andre Roberson to a ruptured left patellar tendon for the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have considered one possibility as a replacement: Avery Bradley. Sources say the Thunder have expressed interest in Bradley, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday by the Pistons in the blockbuster deal that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit.
Taking back the contracts of Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic now has the Clippers $629K below the luxury tax. The flexibility allows the Clippers to fill the 15th roster spot and stay below the tax. Tobias Harris has a current cap hit of $16M and $14.8M next season. Avery Bradley has a salary of $8.8M and will be a free agent with bird rights this summer. Boban Marjanovic has a cap hit of $7M this season and next year.
The Detroit Pistons have made starting shooting guard Avery Bradley available in trade talks, league sources told ESPN.
Vincent Ellis: Avery Bradley to the Free Press last night on trade rumors: “They got to do whatever’s best for the team just like I would do whatever’s best for me. That’s simple.”
Zach Lowe: DET could get volatile, fast. Mentioned Bradley as theoretical CLE trade target on pod last week. Would expect them to at least take a look. twitter.com/wojespn/status…
Gary Washburn: The #Clippers were very interested suitors in Avery Bradley before he was traded to #Pistons. Doc Rivers has along admired Bradley.
“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.”
Rod Beard: Talked to #Pistons Stanley Johnson on trade: “I’m very happy to have Avery Bradley. I respect the hell out of him.”
Vincent Ellis: Freep source: Bradley won’t extend — money is too low. Hope it’s long term but if leaves, year to look at Kennard/financial flexibility.
A. Sherrod Blakely: This is why @Celtics resisted S+T w/Utah for Crowder. Bos always felt they could swing another deal and get cap relief+rotation player.
Bobby Marks: After 6 months the Pistons can extend Bradley but only four-years at $47.4M. The $10.5M salary in 18-19 is 120% of his $8.8M current salary.
Shams Charania: Sources: Detroit sending forward Marcus Morris to Boston for guard Avery Bradley.
Jeff Goodman: Celtics trading Avery Bradley and a second-round pick to Detroit for Marcus Morris, source told ESPN.
Tim Bontemps: Trading Avery Bradley to Detroit means two things: max space for Gordon Hayward & KCP almost certainly won’t be back with the Pistons.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Boston Celtics are finalizing a trade to send Avery Bradley to Detroit, league sources tell ESPN.
Mike Fisher: #FishTips 2) #Celtics ‘not givin away Bradley,’ says source w knowledge of #Mavs thoughts. as @Chuck Cooperstein notes, its NOT that DAL dislikes
Boston has already renounced its rights to Kelly Olynyk, a key offensive spark off the bench with his ability to score from the perimeter. Now it looks as though the Celtics will have to trade away one of its elite defenders in order to continue shedding salary. And the three targets most teams have focused on, are Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Terry Rozier is also available, but the market for the aforementioned players has been much stronger.
“Boston has to unload one of those three,” a league source texted CSNNE.com on Wednesday. “And to be candid, it really doesn’t matter which one. All three of them, no matter where they end up, will help a team.”
Because the salary cap did not rise as much as projected, they will likely have to trade one or more of those three players to sign Hayward. Sources told ESPN that Boston has discussed trade concepts involving those players with at least half a dozen teams on Wednesday.
Brian Robb: Don’t be surprised to hear trade talks on Crowder, Bradley and Smart in coming hours/days. C’s will undoubtedly test market on all of them.
Avery Bradley is poised for the biggest payday of his life, which could double his salary, or more. Yet, as much as he said he considers Boston his “second home” while hosting his basketball camp at Brandeis University on Monday, he knows change has been all around him in his time with the Celtics, and that he is not immune to that change.
“That’s something that’s out of my control,” he said. “I don’t worry about it. I know that, if that were the case and I happen to get traded, the Celtics are going to do whatever is best for them and I am going to have to do whatever is best for me once I am put in a different situation. Our job is to play basketball, not worry about trades.”
Avery Bradley: “I care, but I know that Danny will make the best decision. I trust him. In all these years that I’ve been here he’s been making the right decisions for our team. No matter what people thought about them at the time, they always ended up working out.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Philadelphia searching for defensive-minded guards to play with Ben Simmons. One target: Boston’s Avery Bradley. No traction.
The Celtics have talked intermittently with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, per several league sources, but a deal is extremely unlikely. Griffin will be a free agent this summer, and Boston would probably need official permission to talk to him about his future — a concession Minnesota allowed Cleveland before the Kevin Love trade. The Clips would ask for a bounty, starting with Jae Crowder and one of the Avery Bradley/Marcus Smart duo, plus picks, per league sources.
The Celtics have one of the NBA’s better backcourts, a nice blend of offense (Isaiah Thomas), defense (Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier) and a burgeoning star capable of both (Avery Bradley). It’s also one of the league’s most affordable, with Bradley ($8.3 million) and Thomas ($6.6 million) making well below market value, and Smart and Rozier on rookie deals. That will change soon. Smart is eligible for an extension in 2017. A $10 million-plus offer will be the starting point of negotiations. Thomas and Bradley will be free agents in 2018, eligible for max salaries of $32.4 million per season. Neither will likely come near that, but understand: This is the ballpark Boston is playing in. The Celtics won’t pay all of them. They can’t pay all of them, not if they want to continue to pursue another impact player. If the Celtics make a significant trade, it will undoubtedly include one or more of their star guards.
With Sacramento in shambles once again, Lowe was asked by David Thorpe whether he believes the Celtics would be willing to offer Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder in a trade. “A year ago, six months ago, I would have said yes,” Lowe replied. “And what’s interesting to me — look, everyone knows the Celtics have the goods to make a real offer, although … maybe that Nets pick isn’t the golden ticket we thought it was going to be. We’ll see. I think the Nets will regress, long story short. So I think (Celtics president of basketball operations) Danny (Ainge) would gamble. I don’t think that is the majority view of the organization, including the coach. I don’t think Brad Stevens wants to touch DeMarcus Cousins with a 10-foot pole. And that carries a lot of weight there. Not only that, they just signed a center. And they think Al Horford is a center, and will play more center as pieces come and go in Boston. And so I don’t know what that does to Boston’s hunger to acquire a superstar big man who is going to be a locker room question mark.”
If the Celtics conclude this season’s team can’t make real playoff noise, Bradley becomes a sneaky interesting trade piece even though Danny Ainge loves him. (Thomas is indispensable; Boston has no one else who can skitter into the teeth of enemy defenses.)
KC Johnson: Avery Bradley also has been discussed in one permutation of Bulls-Celtics talks, per source.
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February 22, 2018 | 7:13 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Silver sent a memo to teams titled “Respect in the Workplace,” and reaffirmed the league’s commitment to “a safe and inclusive work environment,” according to memo obtained by ESPN. The hotline will be available to all league and team employees. It’ll be up and running next week.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Larry Nance Jr. reveals that he will be wearing No. 22 from here on out. It will start next week. His dad’s jersey will stay in the rafters. A special request that the organization granted.
February 22, 2018 | 6:58 pm EST Update
The Cavaliers signed Marcus Thornton out of the G League to a 10-day contract as a “reward” for how he’d been playing with the Canton Charge, coach Tyronn Lue said. The Cavs had to sign someone — anyone — to some kind of contract to meet NBA requirements of 14 roster players by a Thursday deadline. The team is not required to keep Thornton past his 10 days or fill the spot once he’s gone