In fact, that's why, according to a source, the Celtics offered him a four-year, $24 million deal (with a team option on the fourth year) this past offseason, but he turned it down. That's because he wants at least $8 million per year, which another source confirmed. Bradley will be a restricted free agent next summer, so things could get "tricky," as one source said, for the Celtics to keep him.
This revelation is somewhat disappointing taking into account this seems like a more than fair offer for Bradley considering the erratic nature of his play the last couple seasons.
It also was a show of faith by the Celtic organization that they wanted to make Avery their shooting guard of the future.
In monetary terms, it looks as though the gamble has paid off especially considering Bradley's recent play:
While Bradley had been considered limited offensively coming into this season, he has improved in that category from November to December. So far this month, he's averaging 15.2 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point range.
His three point numbers are especially encouraging, or discouraging depending on how you look at it, considering Brad Stevens oft reported plans to incorporate the deep ball heavily into the Celtics' future.
Avery could be playing with fire, however. He only played one year at Texas and has known nothing but great coaches between Doc and Stevens and mentors between Kevin Garnett and Pierce.
If the Celtics decide to let him go as a result of the looming development of Jordan Crawford he'll in all likelihood find out what a rarity playing for a quality organization with a good coach and great fans can sometimes be for players in this league.