Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

National Basketball Association trade deadline rumors: Pistons want 'significant' return for Avery Bradley

National Basketball Association trade deadline rumors: Pistons want 'significant' return for Avery Bradley

So far, Detroit's asking price for Bradley, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is significant, league sources said.

A final note worth pointing out: The Celtics can't re-acquire Bradley the same year they traded him - a rule put in place to prevent players from being traded, bought out and re-signed by their old squad.

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Will Pistons look to add Kemba Walker? Bradley missed the game because of a sore right hamstring. He is known as a lockdown defender, but even some of his advanced defensive metrics have taken a hit.

The Pistons (22-26) have been one of the most aggressive teams in pursuit of improving themselves prior to the February 8 trade deadline.

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Bradley played a key role in the Pistons' early-season success, averaging 18.3 points per game over the month of November. He now averages 15 points, 2.1 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game. Bradley hasn't been a great fit in Detroit, while Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas have both struggled significantly with the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Jackson might not return until late February after the All-Star break.) The Pistons are ranked 21st in offensive rating, and Bradley isn't the only guy taking shots. Even the draft assets Boston flipped haven't worked out particularly well for their new teams - the Brooklyn Nets pick the Cavaliers acquired for Kyrie Irving is now eighth in the league, and Markelle Fultz's shot continues to look broken in Philadelphia.

The NBA's trade deadline is February 8 at 3 p.m.

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With Bradley set to become a free agent, this seems to signal that the Pistons are not interested in paying him the kind of money he may get in the summer. Bradley is now making $8.8 million in the final year of his contract.

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