The departures of Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder were thought to have hurt the Celtics defensively, but they’re playing improved D so far this season.
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.”