After drafting two guards, do the Celtics re-sign Avery Bradley?
Celtics beat reporter Scott Soua posted this to Twitter yesterday:
#Celtics president Danny Ainge mentioned Marcus Smart sharing backcourt with both Rajon Rondo AND Avery Bradley.— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) June 27, 2014
This tweet really provides no indication though of what Danny Ainge's plans truly are which greatly effect Avery's future with the organization. For instance, whether or not he still plans on going after Kevin Love or whether or not Rajon Rondo is going to be traded.
With regards to Bradley my gut instinct tells me he probably will not be dressed in green come next season.
He would be fun to watch wreak havoc in the backcourt on opposing guards along with Marcus Smart and his three point shot is greatly improved but I just think his price tag will be too high.
As Gary Dzen at Boston.com reported:
The price for signing guard Avery Bradley could go as high as $7 million to $9 million per season, rival executives tell Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Bradley is a restricted free agent, meaning the Celtics can match any other offer thrown his way. Still, that's a hefty pay increase for someone who made $2.5 million this season playing on his rookie contract.
At this point the Celtics probably don't even know whether or not they can afford to sign Bradley given the uncertainty of their roster for next season. I personally think he's the kind of guard every team needs, a specialist whose plus (on-ball defense) is so great it makes him worth having around. Time will tell what price he actually commands on the open market.
I love Avery's game and definitely think he would be worth retaining if it wasn't for the question marks around his health.
Not to mention, with the drafting of James Young, although he has the size to play the 3 in the NBA, right now he is a prototypical 2 which indicates that the Celtics will be looking to shed some cap space and develop the Kentucky product at the off guard position on his rookie contract.
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