The Big 12 association will carry over into the NBA for former Texas standout Avery Bradley and Kansas power forward Marcus Morris.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com tweeted Friday morning that the Boston Celtics will trade Bradley and a second-round draft pick to Detroit. They will receive Morris in exchange.
Bradley, 26, started 55 games last season for Boston last season averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He was the Celtics’ second-leading scorer.
Morris, 27, averaged 14.0 points and 4.9 rebounds for Detroit in 79 games. He’ll have a shot to fill in available minutes inside for the Celtics after Kelly Olynyk signed a new contract with Miami.
The two players were contemporaries for one season in the Big 12. It occurred during Bradley’s only season with the Longhorns in 2009-10. Morris played at Kansas for three seasons from 2008-11.
Both players should have a chance for sizable contributions with their new teams.
It appears to be a trade that will help both players and both squads.
Morris will have a shot for more minutes inside and Bradley could start for the Pistons at point guard.