NBA Free Agency Recap: Celtics send Bradley to the Pistons, Gay signs with the Spurs

With the free agency moratorium over, teams began officially signing all the free agents they acquired. This meant that there are some teams that have to free up some cap space to sign their new players.

One of these teams is the Boston Celtics. When they signed Gordon Hayward, it was clear that they needed to make room to get him. That meant trading away one of their key players and letting other free agents walk. Danny Ainge made his move and traded away Avery Bradley for Marcus Morris.

Morris makes approximately $3 million less than Bradley.

The Celtics also let Kelly Olynyk walk and the big man signed with the Miami Heat.

The heat continued to strengthen their roster by re-signing their multi-skilled wing, James Johnson.

Out in the West, Rudy Gay took a pay cut to sign with the San Antonio Spurs. Gay has toiled in the bottom of the Western Conference in his time with the Sacramento Kings. He joins the Spurs with the hopes of making a deep Playoff run.

The Kings and Grizzlies seemingly swapped players and Vince Carter signed with Sacramento while Memphis brings in Tyreke Evans.

The Warriors continue to keep their championship core by re-signing center Zaza Pachulia.

The Atlanta Hawks are shoring up their big man rotation by signing Mike Muscala while the Magic and Pacers get bench pieces with Shelvin Mack and Bojan Bogdanovich.

Several key restricted free agents have yet to decide on their teams. Otto Porter was signed to a massive $106 million offer sheet by the Brooklyn Nets a few days

But reports are saying that the Washington Wizards are looking to match that offer. By letting Bogdanovic go to the Pacers, the Washington is freeing up space for Porter.

The New York Knicks signed Tim Hardaway Jr. to a four-year $71 million offer sheet.

Hardway was part of the Knicks a few seasons ago. He was traded away for then rookie Jerian Grant who was then sent to the bulls for Derrick Rose. Now New York is letting Rose go and paying all this money to Hardway who they could have kept in the first place.

A casualty of the Boston-Detroit deal was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The shooting guard was renounced by the Pistons and he now joins the free-agent pool. Several teams are interested in Caldwell-Pope, including the Nets and Lakers. The Knicks can’t go after Caldwell-Pope since their cap space is tied up with Hardaway Jr.

JaVale McGee still remains unsigned as of this writing.

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