If Smart takes that step, then the Celtics know they made the right decision, even if that does nothing to lessen the impact of losing Bradley.
Of course, it remains to be seen what head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy has in the works.
The Pistons sit pretty as it stands now with the assets they have possess.
Caldwell-Pope seemed sure to sure to find a diminished role in Detroit next season.
Instead, the Pistons moved on from Caldwell-Pope, rescinding his qualifying offer of $5 million, a source also told to The Detroit News. It's that by gaining salary-cap flexibility, the Pistons are surrendering control. If the Celtics do not pick up another big man in the season's free agency, they are likely to struggle on the boards.
Why would they do that? Having played seven seasons with the Jazz, Hayward continually grew to a level of stardom and had a breakout season previous year averaging close to 22.0 ppg as well as 5 rpg.
Two things are being addressed here, and they're fairly obvious.
One of the best two-way players in the league is headed to the Detroit Pistons. A backcourt of Bradley and Galloway would be among the best defensive pairings in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons finished dead last in the league in true shooting percentage.
Bradley, 26, averaged a career-high 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 55 games for Boston last season.
Danny Ainge chose to let go one of the league's most prominent guard defenders. They would select Jayson Tatum with the third pick in the draft after trading down in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
And small forward Marcus Morris is headed to Boston. But they were worth the gamble. (OK, that was a head-scratcher).
In a vacuum, adding Morris to the mix in the Bradley deal makes Crowder expendable. No guarantee, of course. Caldwell-Pope isn't far off that. And at some point, Van Gundy must show a consistent plan, not just a knack for moving intriguing pieces around a chess board. The NBA cap space is not increasing as expected and the Celtics will likely have to give away some other players to keep those two, essential pieces to the puzzle.
Plus, a team that finished 37-45 needed a bit of a shake-up.
Avery Bradley's departure may be bittersweet for Celtics fans. As it stands, Bradley has one more year left on his contract and is owed $8.8 million for the 2017-2018 season. That move makes Caldwell-Pope an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team. As always with the Pistons, the long-term view isn't quite as clear.