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Ainge says Celtics in talks to extend Avery Bradley

Oct 25, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

Amir Johnson, Avery Bradley AP

Not to spoil a story in the first sentence, but this may well not come together. One month ago Celtics GM Danny Ainge said he would wait until next summer when Avery Bradley was a restricted free agent to talk about a new deal with him. Meaning he planned to let the marketplace set his price after this season.

Now, the two sides are at least talking extension, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at Ainge wouldn’t give any details on where those talks stand, only that there have been some talks now.

Bradley started every preseason game for the Celtics and appears to be a favorite of new coach Brad Stevens. Bradley brings fantastic on-ball defense and in the preseason has been one of the more consistent offensive weapons on the team despite shooting just 37.8 percent. (Gerald Wallace has been the best offensive player… what, you expected a consistent Jeff Green?)

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The question, of course, is money.

Bradley is a potential defensive stopper but with questions on the other end of the floor, he’s not a franchise guy. He likely ends up  a quality part of a future contending team. You could argue he is worth more than Green and Boston overpaid him at $9 million a year.

Four years in the $7 million to $8 million a year range ($30 million total)? That seems fair to me, but the Celtics may want to wait this year out and see what the market would offer next summer. That could save them some cash.

My guess is next summer is when this gets settled, but we’ll see.

  1. moseskkim - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    you cant argue that bradley is a better player than green. Green played very well post all star break with 17.3 ppg on 49% shooting. youre comparing bradleys PRESEASON play v greens PRESEASON play and saying bradley has been a consistent offensive option when hes shooting 37.8%? bradley cant get anywhere near 9 mil for his good D and good cutting ability. he cant run the offense and cant shoot/score much whereas jeff green can probably push his scoring up to 20 ppg and be the teams 2nd best player behind rondo.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      Green is really inconsistent, but can have some really good games. Bradley is really consistent, but he’s consistently bad.

    • casualcommenter - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Yeah, Bradley is a smaller Thabo Sefolosha with a worse jumper – terrific on-ball defender who is very limited on offense.

      He’d have to show great improvement on offense to become coveted in free agency.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        I don’t think he’s all that good defensively either. He’s small, so he doesn’t grab his fair share of defensive rebounds, and he fouls constantly.

  2. kingwithringz - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    The backcourt with Bradley and Rondo is sick, Defense 4 dayz.

    • chargerdillon - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Defense 4 dayz? With that roster all i see is Lo$$e$ for dayz.

  3. naterich21 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Of course there’s a shot at Jeff Green in here

  4. marcusfitzhugh - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Speaking as someone who’s not a Celtics fan, I sincerely hope they offer both Green and Bradley MAX contracts.

  5. saint1997 - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Can you stop the mid story ads please Kurt?

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