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Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

Celtics trade Avery Bradley to Pistons for Marcus Morris

SALT LAKE CITY -- Longtime Celtic Avery Bradley is a Celtic no longer.

As first reported by ESPN, Bradley was dealt by Boston on Friday afternoon to the Detroit Pistons for power forward Marcus Morris. The C's, as first reported by CSNNE.com, also sent a second-round draft pick to Detroit. 

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Bradley, drafted by the Celtics with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has established himself as one of the NBA’s top two-way players and was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive first team following the 2015-2016 season.
 
And this past season, he was the top vote-getter among players not named to the league’s All-Defensive first or second team.
 
When the Celtics came to terms on a four-year, $127.8 million contract with Gordon Hayward, they had to clearl enough salary-cap space in order to seal the deal. That meant Boston was going to have to part ways with a key player.

The most talked-about names being on the move were Bradley, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart.
 
Bradley will make $8.8 million this season and will become a free agent in the summer of 2018. The Celtics were likely going to have to choose between re-signing Bradley or Isaiah Thomas, who also hits the free agent market in 2018.
 
Morris has this year and one more season left on his contract, but he’s only making $5 million for this season and $5.375 million for the 2018-2019 season.
 
So in adding Morris, the Celtics gave themselves more financial flexibility in addition to adding a player who addresses a need -- size.
 
At 6-foot-9 and 235 pounds, Morris can play both power forward and center for the Celtics. And because of his perimeter skills (he shot 33.1 percent from 3-point range last season and is a 35.5 percent career shooter on 3’s), adding him can help fill the void left by Kelly Olynyk, who signed a four-year deal with the Miami Heat worth at least $50 million.

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.