Bradley, a shooting guard, will likely replace Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a restricted free agent who is likely to command a contract too rich for Stan Van Gundy’s blood.
Bradley is an upgrade over KCP as an offensive option, shooting 39 percent on 3s last year, and both are great perimeter defenders. The one advantage in KCP’s column is that he is two years younger.
The move kicks a major financial can down the road by one year. Stan Van Gundy was staring down the barrel of possibly paying KCP $24 million per season in Detroit. That was apparently something SVG was not quite ready to do.
He will face the same decision with Bradley next offseason, however, as he is on an expiring deal and will be looking for a huge payday.
Marcus Morris was a mainstay the past two seasons in Detroit, but should work much better as a fifth option in Boston than he did as a second or third option in Detroit. He’s not stellar in any one area, but he can score in isolation, can get hot from 3, is a capable defender and always competes.
Stan Van Gundy shocked and befuddled the NBA community when he hard-capped his team by signing Langston Galloway in the early days of free agency. The move meant Detroit couldn’t re-sign Caldwell-Pope for any deal above $17 million per season without another move to cut salary.
We were waiting for the other shoe to drop, and apparently the trick SVG had up his sleeve was to move on from KCP altogether.
We’ll have more on the story as it develops. In the meantime, pour one out for KCP. It’s hard to be too sad for him as he’s about to get paid (did you see that Tim Hardaway contract?), but he was one of the few who brought it every single night for the Pistons throughout his tenure.