Pistons make Avery Bradley available in trade


According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pistons and Clippers are in serious talks regarding center Blake Griffin.

Jordan Clarkson is the player that has been surrounded by most of the trade discussion due to his recent uptick in production, his contract, and the front office's plans to clear as much cap space as possible for this summer.

This season in Detroit, the veteran swingman is averaging 15.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 38 percent from three.

The NBA trade deadline is February 8.

Bradley is now playing out the final season of a four-year contract that he signed with the Celtics, in which he has been paid an average salary of $8 million per season. In addition, there is more value to trading Bradley due to his contract expiration - he is slated to become a free agent this upcoming summer. Even with his decline this season, Wojnarowski suggested Bradley could command $20 million a year in free agency.

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It will be interesting to see how things play out around the deadline.

Moreover, the Nets' first round pick might be considered a necessary price tag for the Cavaliers, if it gives the team a better chance to win another title, perhaps the team's last chance, with LeBron James uncertain future.

Prior to being traded to Detroit, Bradley spent seven seasons in Boston after the franchise drafted him 19th overall in the 2010 Draft. The Pistons' defensive rating with Bradley on the floor is 107.9, but when he sits, it falls to 101.5.

The Pistons moved to acquired Bradley as a replacement (and upgrade) for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but Bradley is only signed through this season.