The arrivals of All-Star duo Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward meant the Boston Celtics had to overhaul their roster and offload several players to accommodate them.
One of those to depart the franchise was shooting guard Avery Bradley who spent six years in Boston.
The 26-year-old was traded to the Detroit Pistons earlier in the summer in exchange for Marcus Morris.
In Bradley, the Celtics have lost one of the league's best defenders and will certainly miss his tenacity on that end of the floor.
Surprisingly, he was omitted from the All-Defensive team last season despite being the top vote-getter among all guards the year before.
Despite the snub, it hasn't diminished the level of respect his peers have for him as several stars, including Irving, have labelled Bradley as the best defender they've faced.
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker and Portland Trail Blazers duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum even voiced their disbelief that he wasn't selected as an All-Defensive player.
The latest player to champion Bradley's defensive prowess is Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.
The All-Star will come up against his counterpart when the Hornets begin their season against the Pistons later this week and raved about his skills and his shock that he was overlooked as one of the best defenders last year.
“That’s ridiculous," Walker said about Bradley missing out on the All-Defensive teams, per Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press. "He’s probably, if not the best, one of the best on-ball defenders in our league."
“He’s one of those guys where, ‘Damn, you got to play against him tonight?’ He’s like the perfect defender. When you teach defence, he’s the guy that would like to learn from.”
“He knows the coverages, he knows the plays. His body position. He’s just a great on-ball defender. He’s hungry and a lot of defence is about pride and wanting to do it. He’s that guy. He wants to play defense, he loves to play defense. He’s really good at it.”
Bradley is in the final year of his contract and could be a valuable asset in free agency next summer.
The former Texas Longhorn will have a chance to earn himself a big deal if he enjoys a good season in Detroit and helps them return to the playoffs.