It was reported earlier today by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi that Detroit Pistons guard and former Boston Celtic Avery Bradley was available in trade talks.
Well, the Pistons didn’t waste any time. Losers of eight straight games and looking to make a move, Detroit found a match with the Los Angeles Clippers and four-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA forward Blake Griffin.
Finalized by both teams at 6:30 on Monday evening according to Wojnarowksi, Bradley along with Tobias Harris headline the haul going to L.A., while Griffin is the main chip headed to the Motor City.
Center Boban Marjanovic moves on to L.A., while reserves Willie Reed and Brice Johnson.
The Clippers also get a first- and second-round draft pick from the Pistons. According to the report, the protections on Detroit’s 2018 first-round pick are 1-4 in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and unprotected in 2021.
Griffin will immediately pair with Detroit center Andre Drummond to form one of the potentially best frontcourts in the game. The oft-injured Griffin is owed $141 million through the end of his contract, which concludes after the 2021-2022 season, when Griffin will be 32.
Harris is having a career season at the age of 25, averaging 18 points on 45% shooting from the floor and 41% from distance.
Bradley of course spent the first seven seasons of his career in Celtics green-and-white, and reunites with head coach Doc Rivers.
Bradley’s production has dipped from last season, as he’s averaging 15 points per game on 41 percent shooting from the floor. His trade to Los Angeles opens up an avenue for him to get moved back to Boston, but you have to expect the Clippers to ask for a lot in return.