Free agency is underway in the NBA and the Boston Celtics are focused on retaining one of their top defensive guards. According to a report by CBS Boston, the Celtics announced Monday that they have extended a qualifying offer to shooting guard Avery Bradley.
The 23-year-old is a restricted free agent and the team will have the option of matching any offer made by another team. Bradley has been a pleasant surprise while healthy with the Celtics. His best year statically was this past season which he averaged career-highs in point and rebounds. The 6-2 guard poured in 14.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Bradley remained strong on defense while elevating his offensive game.
Bradley was taken as the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. He has been a key contributor on a team that is currently in the rebuilding process. As the team contemplates the future of All-Star guard Rajon Rondo, Bradley is a player they would like to have back because of his defense and upside. The team may have prepared for the potential loss of Bradley by drafting a pair of guards in this year’s draft. The team selected both Marcus Smart and James Young to add more depth at the guard position.
The Celtics have extended Bradley a $3.8 million qualifying offer, but if he finds a team that is willing to pay more, Boston may not match. Bradley has made it know that he would love to stay in Boston for reasons beyond basketball. He has started his own basketball camp and would love to continue.
Bradley told reporters: “I got to do my camp here, and since my first year, I’ve said I want to do that. I’m looking forward to having one every single year. Boston is my home now, I’ve been here four years. They think I’m from here because I’ve been here for so long. A lot of these kids have seen me just from going to their school because I do so many events.”
It would be good to see Avery Bradley remain with the team both on the court and for what he does for the community. But it will all come down to the money and whether another team finds his value worth more than the Celtics are willing to pay. So far the Philadelphia Sixers appear to be a team interested in Bradley.