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Avery Bradley says he wasn't surprised Celtics traded him

Avery Bradley says he wasn't surprised Celtics traded him

Unlike his former Celtics teammate Isaiah Thomas, who admitted he was somewhat shocked to be traded, Avery Bradley said he saw his own NBA change of address coming.

“I’m eight years in the NBA and it’s the business, man," Bradley told Bleacher Report at his youth camp in Vancouver, B.C. "Anything is possible, anything can happen at any time....I wasn’t shocked that it happened, you know what I mean? I knew it was a possibility; it was something that we spoke about. Obviously, you can’t read the future and know what team, but I knew I was going somewhere.”

Bradley, of course, was traded to clear cap space before the Celtics signed Gordon Hayward. He was dealt to the Detroit Pistons for forward Marcus Morris. 

A free agent after this season, Bradley now gets his chance to impress the Pistons and the rest of the NBA. He made it sound like staying in Detroit is a distinct possibility. 

“I feel like anything is possible," Bradley said. "Where we’re able to buy into what [coach] Stan [Van Gundy] is trying to do, we have a lot of talent. If we’re able to put that all together and everybody buys in, we can have a special year. Especially with a coach like Stan Van Gundy; he’s special and he really knows his stuff.

"I want to help bring more leadership to help this team and just bring that hard-working mentality to the team, and I feel like if I’m able to accomplish that, I feel like anything is possible for our team this year.”

Van Gundy said the Pistons own cap issues won't prevent a run at keeping Bradley long-term: “The finances will not inhibit our ability to re-sign Avery at whatever it takes," Van Gundy told Pistons.com last month. "If we’re in a situation where we want Avery back and Avery wants to be here, we’ll be able to bring him back.”


 

Reports: Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for two players and a pick

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Reports: Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder for two players and a pick

The New York Knicks have traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first with the news of the deal.

The Thunder add Anthony, 33, and Paul George, acquired in a trade this summer with the Indiana Pacers,  to a perennial Western Conference playoff team led by last season's NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.

The pick going to New York is a 2018 second-rounder via the Chicago Bulls. Anthony waived his no-trade clause to agree to deal, after being convinced to do so by Westbrook and George, Wojnarowski reports. 

More to come...