Pistons moving on from KCP, pick up Avery Bradley for Marcus Morris

One of the best two-way players in the league is headed to the Detroit Pistons.

And small forward Marcus Morris is headed to Boston.

It also means free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is on his way out.

The Pistons have agreed to trade Morris to the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley, the Pistons announced Friday. The Pistons will receive a 2019 second-round pick in the deal.

Bradley is coming off the best season of his seven-year career.

The Pistons also rescinded their $5.5-million qualifying offer to Caldwell-Pope, 24, making him an unrestricted free agent.

A person with firsthand knowledge told the Free Press: "We made this deal instead of (re-signing) Caldwell-Pope. We have 12 guys. Looking to finish out the roster with two more."

Bradley, 26, averaged 16.2 points per game and shot 39% from three-point range for the Celtics, who reached the Eastern Conference finals last season. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Bradley is currently available for a contract extension, but that's unlikely, although the Pistons are interested in a long-term engagement.

"He won't extend — money is too low. ... We hope it's long-term but even if he leaves we'll have had a year to see (rookie Luke) Kennard and we'll maintain financial flexibility," the person said.

Boston was looking to shed salary to open enough space to give free-agent signee Gordon Hayward a max contract. Bradley will make $8.8 million next season. Morris will make $5 million next season and $5.4 million in 2018-19.

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