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Since becoming a member of the Detroit Pistons as each head coach and president of basketball operations in 2014, Stan Van Gundy ranks buying and selling Marcus Morris as his most troublesome deal to tug the set off on.

“On this job, it is the toughest one I’ve had by far. Marcus was the whole lot that we might need in a participant right here – performed exhausting, robust man, workforce-oriented, complete professional, concerned locally. One among my favourite guys that I’ve ever coached, so it was very, very troublesome,” Van Gundy stated Tuesday, in response to Michigan Stay’s Ansar Khan.

Morris was just lately dealt to the Boston Celtics in trade for guard Avery Bradley – who has only one yr remaining on his contract – and a 2019 second-spherical draft decide.

When Van Gundy analyzed his roster, it turned obvious that one among his bigs wanted to be moved as a way to enhance backcourt depth. Morris, sadly, was the one positioned on the chopping block.

“Even firstly of the summer time earlier than different issues occurred, in case you take a look at our roster, we have been fairly deep, even overloaded on the ahead spot and didn’t have excellent depth on the guard spot,” Van Gundy added. “So we knew sooner or later that have been going to need to attempt to transfer the roster round to get one other guard and considered one of our forwards must go.

“We did not plan on it, however you go together with the deal that you’ve, and for an opportunity to get a guard of Avery’s caliber, it was a transfer we felt we needed to make. However it was a troublesome one for me with Marcus and we’ll miss him tremendously as a staff and as a corporation, and I’ll personally miss him.”

Morris solely spent two seasons in Detroit, averaging the strongest numbers of his profession with 14.1 factors on forty two.6 % capturing, four.eight rebounds, 2.three assists, and zero.7 steals in 159 appearances.