Avery Bradley is staying in Boston. According to a league source Wednesday, the free agent guard has agreed to re-sign with the Celtics just a couple days after the team extended a $3.6 million qualifying offer. The Boston Herald reported the new deal to be worth $32 million over four years.
Bradley was a restricted free agent, which mean the Celtics could match any outside offer the young guard received once free agency opened. Apparently the Celtics had the best offer for Bradley who has began to emerge as one of the top defensive guards in the league. Although the team drafted two guards in the NBA draft, the Celtics made re-signing Bradley a priority once July 1 hit.
When healthy, Bradley provides a lot of energy for the team on the court. He is coming off a solid 2013-14 season in which he showed more of an offensive game in which he averaged a career-high 14.9 points in 60 games. On the defensive side of the ball, he slipped a little, but remained a nuisance to opposing guards. If he can continue to show his defensive intensity and become more consistent in his offensive game, Avery Bradley can become one of the team’s key contributors.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who acknowledged the strides he made throughout the season, noted Bradley’s improvement before the final game of the season. Ainge said, “Avery had a good season. I’ve seen improvement in Avery this year. The biggest issue with Avery has just been health. He plays hard and he’s had some injuries, but none of them are injuries that should prevent him from being a great players.”
Over the last two seasons, Bradley has missed a total of 55 games. The team has yet to have both Rajon Rondo and Bradley healthy for a complete season. Both players complement each other well in the backcourt. What Rondo lacks defensively, Bradley is able to pick up with his aggressiveness. Both players can be liabilities on offense, although Bradley has shown an ability to shoot the ball. As of right now, Bradley, Rondo and Marcus Smart will share minutes in a three-guard rotation.