Pistons making Avery Bradley available before trade deadline

Jan 27 2018 Detroit MI USA Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley dribbles by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

He's certain a core player of this Pistons squad but his availability draws into question his long-term standing in Detroit after being added in a trade with the Boston Celtics in the offseason.

The Pistons have been one of the most aggressive teams in pursuit of improving themselves prior to the February 8 trade deadline. Talks are reportedly "serious". The biggest disappointment has been Bradley's defensive numbers, as the Pistons have been significantly better defensively with Bradley off the floor than on it, which flies in the face of his reputation as a strong two-way player.

He's averaging 15 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, despite being limited recently by a groin injury.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier the Pistons had made Bradley available, with Detroit's asking price "significant".

His expiring contract also may have some appeal in Portland. But I don't think this deal was about Bradley vs. Morris, it was Bradley vs. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Bradley's replacement vs. Caldwell-Pope.

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Less than a year after being sent from the Celtics to the Pistons, Avery Bradley is back on the trade block.

This gives them more flexibility moving forward.

Griffin, a 5-time All-Star, was a free agent in the off-season and spoke with multiple teams - including the Phoenix Suns - before ultimately resigning with the Clippers for five years and $173 million.

Prior to being traded to Detroit, Bradley spent seven seasons in Boston after the franchise drafted him 19th overall in the 2010 Draft. If Bradley misses another game, expect Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard to pick up increased minutes. It'll likely be later in the first round, but it would help the Pistons retool their future and stockpile some assets for future potential deals.

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