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The Detroit Pistons were a firm fixture in the playoffs of the Eastern Conference early in the season. However, a severe ankle sprain to starting point guard Reggie Jackson in December has derailed the team’s postseason plans. The Pistons are in a free-fall, having lost eight straight games and nine of their last 10 games. The team now sits at the ninth spot in Eastern Conference standings, on the outside looking in.
As of now, Detroit’s asking price for Bradley, a scheduled free agent after this season, is quite steep, according to league sources. While the Pistons have yet to make a move this season, they have been one the most aggressive teams looking to improve their squad leading up to the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
Bradley is scheduled to receive a contract in the $20 million a year range in free agency. The Pistons acquired Bradley in a July trade with the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Marcus Morris. Initially, Detroit was optimistic they could re-sign Bradley in the offseason to a long-term deal. However, the Pistons’ tune has changed and they are now hoping to recoup some talent in return for Bradley before they could potentially lose him without compensation in free agency.
Bradley, by his standards, is having a rather pedestrian season thus far. The Pistons guard is averaging 15.0 points per game and shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor, his lowest shooting average since 2012. Last season Bradley averaged 16.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting a year ago with Boston.
Bradley is considered one of the NBA’s best two-way players but has been hampered by a groin injury this season, which caused him to miss seven straight games earlier in the season.