After sending Avery Bradley and a 2nd Round Pick to the Detroit Pistons for Marcus Morris, the Celtics have freed up a lot of space both with cap and with their roster.
Bradley was set to earn $8.8 Million next season, while Morris will be making $5 Million in the following season. This move opens up $3.8 Million in cap space, allowing the Celtics to accommodate for Gordon Hayward’s newly signed contract. Hayward’s contact has him making $29.7 Million next season and with the departure of Bradley and acquisition of Morris, the Celtics will now have $30.8 Million which will be used for Hayward.
Additionally, adding Marcus Morris to play the Power Forward position will help the Celtics address a rather weak position. Het will be able to give the Celtics another offensive option. Morris, who averaged 14 points over the last 2 seasons, should be able to score at a similar pace as he will be surrounded by capable passers in Boston.
The departure of Bradley will open new opportunities for young players on the Celtics roster. Boston’s depth had been overwhelming, with the highly touted, Jaylen Brown, only getting 17 minutes of play time per game last season. Brown should now be able to start at the Shooting Guard position and play up to 33 minutes, similarly to Bradley last season.