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Report: Celtics reach four-year, $32 million deal to retain guard Avery Bradley

Jul 2, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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The Celtics have locked up their “3-and-D” guy, who they are paying to be a little more than that now.

Avery Bradley and the Celtics have reached a deal, a story broken by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

That was pretty much expected, although what was a surprise is the size of the contract, via Baxter Holmes of the Boston Herald.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports it is all fully guaranteed, no options.

That seems a little steep. In part because with this deal the Celtics have basically eaten up their cap room.

Bradley does some things well —he’s a very good defender, someone you can throw at quick point guards or larger two guards and he can harass them. He’s just 23 years old and took a leap last year hitting 39.5 percent from three last season.

However, he can’t create his own shot and the experiment with him running the point did not work. He’s had two shoulder surgeries. There are concerns.

A combination of Bradley and Marcus Smart (with or without Rajon Rondo) forms a very nice defensive backcourt for the Celtics. It’s something they can build on. But you have to wonder if they will come to regret $8 million a year for a role player, even a young one.

  1. balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    I am thoroughly enjoying all of these big contracts to role players. The more players that take these deals, the less likely the Heat can sign anyone of substance to help them, and the less likely Lebron stays in Miami. This is hilarious.

    • kinggw - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      How exactly does the C’s outbidding themselves, have anything to do with Miami?

      The only thing that happened was that Boston wildly overpaid for one of their marginal starters.

      You need help with your Heat addiction.

      • reesesteel23 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Exactly lol. They’re grasping at any and everything now. This same person will complain about Heat articles the very next 1 that drops.

      • chiadam - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Because a role player just signed for $8 million per. What will a difference maker want? And we don’t have to grasp for anything. Scoreboard. Look at it. The Heat got their heads caved in worse than any team in NBA Finals history.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        You’re missing his poorly made, trolling point. The cost of role players has increased significantly during this free agent period.

        Meeks 3yrs/$19 mil
        Livingston 3yrs/$16 mil
        Gortat 5yrs/$60 million
        Stephenson is turning down 5 yrs/$44 million
        Gasol is looking for $10 million per
        Deng previously turned down $12 million per
        Ariza is going to ask for at least $10 million per, he made over $7 million last season
        Lowry was offered $11 million per season
        Heck, Patty Mills is going to be out for 7 months and he’s still going to get $5 million per and that’s cheap!

        So who exactly can the Heat afford to sign with the cap space that will make a difference? Seriously? Who is taking the discount? There have been zero rumors about anyone wanting to sign in Miami. Maybe once things start to settle a bit they can pick up a guy for the mid-level, but I just don’t see them upgrading that roster this off season. Maybe I’m wrong but it looks like players are taking money over taking a discount to play with the Big 3. Perhaps it has something to do with the impending lockout in 2017. Or, perhaps, the market has shifted and teams like Miami are getting blocked from signing some of these players. Who knows? It’s still early in the process but, so far, not looking good for the Heat.

      • dominwindhamnh - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        They did overpay, but the statement is true…and BTW no one likes the Heat. Because they’re whiny overhyped nitwits who cant get out of their own way…

    • zoomy123 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      According to haters Miami was in the hunt for Avery Bradley. 0_0

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Um it has nothing to do with Miami wanting to sign Bradley, but when players see how much he signed for do you think they aren’t going to ask the same? Especially anyone that, ya know, can play a big role for the Heat next year. Riley has $12 million to work with under the most generous projections that have already been refuted by his agent and Broussard. If Bradley can sign a deal like this, who exactly do you expect to sign?

      • zoomy123 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Yes, because you’re psychic and you know how the Celtics signing Avery Bradley will affect what other people think they’re worth. Just because the Celtics overpaid for Avery Bradley doesn’t mean that other teams will overpay for other players. This is a slippery slope logical fallacy.

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Livingston signed for $5.5 million, Meeks signed for $6 million, and Bradley signed for $8 million… yet the Heat are going to fill out a roster that was exposed in the finals with $12 million? I mean, just look at it logically. This isn’t rocket science.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        First, in order for you to even argue that Livingston and Meeks are overpaid, you have to actually show that they are, in fact, overpaid. Here’s a list of point guards by salary:

        Based on the deals that Livingston and Meeks signed, they’re somewhere around #22-23. And then you have guys like Lillard, Kemba, Reggie Jackson, Bledsoe etc. who are below them but still on their rookie deals.

        Your problem is that you seem to think anybody outside of Miami’s price range necessarily means that they’re overpaid. Even someone like Gortat who got a 5/60 deal is only overpaid because of the backend of the contract that will be paying him $12 M/year when he’s 34 + 35.

        So far, I’m the only person in this argument using reasoning and facts.

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        I never said they are overpaid. I said that their contracts are expensive. Given how much players like this can sign for, how can the Heat possibly revamp their roster? I just don’t understand. If they come back with the same tired squad they did last year but with someone like Marion, they are going to be bounced out of the finals again by a Western opponent.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        The first sentence of your initial post: “I am thoroughly enjoying all of these big contracts to role players.” I’ve already shown that these are not “big contracts” or “expensive” but that they are in line with league standards. So, what exactly was your implication then? Again, you seem to be under the impression that anybody outside of Miami’s price range is “expensive,” but this is obviously not true.

        I have no interest in going after your red herring about whether or not Miami has enough money to upgrade their roster. Let’s stick to the topic at hand, please.

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Ok so now big and expensive mean overpriced? How exactly does that even make sense. A new Lexus is expensive, doesn’t mean it’s overpriced. Lebron is going to get a big contract.
        Doesn’t mean he’s being overpaid. It’s basic English.

      • zoomy123 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        So you write about people getting “big contracts” on an article about a player being overpaid and you’re not insinuating based on the context that Meeks, Livingston and eventually others will be overpaid? Again, I’ve already shown that what you said was wrong. These are not big or expensive contracts; they are right in line with the contracts of mid-level players.

      • simoneauchristopher5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Just an FYI- market dictates value. The Heat have 12 mil to work w/in a market that is blowing up. Balsagna is 100% right. When guys get overpaid, it becomes a trend. Gortat was grossly overpaid, as was Meeks, not to mention the 12 mil p/yr that Lowry is about to get. The Heat are getting priced out on the guys they want. THAT is the point, and it is correct.

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM


        I can not help what you infer from responses. I did not imply anything. I never said they are overpriced. I said the contracts are big and expensive Period. Any of the other fluff you are writing is meaningless.

      • dominwindhamnh - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Yeah, why would they want the best defensive G in the league who shoots 39% on 3’s when they have Mario Chalmers? Duh..

    • miamatt - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Your frothing, off-topic desperation is the true hilarity.

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        Please tell me who the Heat can sign of substance given the free agency contracts that have been doled out to role players. You have 12 million in salary cap to work with. Go.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I can’t say that I’m a fan of your logic or goading, but I do agree that the Heat won’t be able to pick up anything great for $12 million a year. I don’t think that the Heat can revamp their roster enough to cover the holes left by an aging Wade and a poor-subsitute-for-a-center Bosh. The reality is that the Heat can probably roll through the East again, but only to get beat by the Spurs, Clippers, or Thunder. I’m a LeBron fan first and foremost (yes I get ish for that, but oh well), and I think his best options would be Houston, LA Clippers or the Suns (yes, the Suns with their talented, young roster and the ability to sign LeBron plus another max player like Melo).

      • balsagna - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        I was born and raised in Cleveland. I admit my goading is a bit much, but it is hard for me to contain myself and not enjoy this. If anyone has a right to enjoy this it’s Cleveland fans, and I see some similarities between 2010 and 2014. Heat fans are acting very much like Cavs fans did back then, they have their heads in the sand. I have no idea where Lebron goes, and it’s very likely he returns to the Heat. I am just enjoying this while it lasts. It’s not like I am making stuff up, this is going to be difficult for the Heat and fascinating for fans of the NBA.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        At least you can own it! Well done, sir – keep on goading!

      • clevelandrox - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        well said, lol…

    • TheMorningStar - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Except that he’s not a ‘role’ player, he’s a starter at the 2. Remember, he took Ray Allens job a few years back.

      Unfortunately he’s been injured and subsequently missed a good chunck of time.

      However injury does not equal role player.

  2. kinggw - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Yet another sign that having a bunch of cap room can be a curse. When there is nobody good to take your money, these teams overpay marginal players.

  3. campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Teams have to pay who’s on their team. On another squad he may be a role player but for a team like Boston he’s a key component. Aside from Rondo,there’s no superstar so the other players worth is measured differently.

    • spursareold - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      He doesn’t suddenly become a better player, though. He’ll do the same things in Boston that he’d do elsewhere, just probably for more minutes.

      • campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        yeah,but he’s there and unless something miraculous happens and Love or James shows up,the C’s look content with keeping the guys they’ve drafted.

  4. Kansachusetts - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Well you’ve got to consider the roles you’re paying for.

    The Celtics let Tony Allen get away and that was a big mistake. Bradley is a two inches shorter than Allen, but he’s still one of the best defenders in the league. I think that’s worth paying for.

    On top of that, he has worked very hard to develop an outside shot. He showed last year he can be a shooter, something Allen has never mastered. If Bradley continues to develop as a shooter this deal will look very good for Boston. It also gives them the flexibility to trade Rondo and Sullinger for some talented length in the front court.

    • adoombray - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Top 5 outside shooting defense and a respectable 3 that is getting better all the time at 23 years old with plenty of room to develop is absolutely worth 8 million. this is WHY you have cap space in the first place, to keep your own guys and reward them for their hard work and dedication to your franchise.

      Nothing worse than the “overpaid” squad ; like a player is supposed to turn down money, or like franchises aren’t supposed to show their players that they reward team players

  5. rrhoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    With the contracts the players are getting its no wonder the owners need protection from themselves–Lockout is a looming people……

    • 1historian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      “The owners need protection from themselves.”

      True yesterday, true today, true tomorrow.

      In ALL pro sports.

  6. jzone954 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    With this signing, we can probably guarantee , the celtics will be still fighting for a playoff spot lol

  7. simoneauchristopher5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    A LOT of people in here ripping Bradley and the Celtics for this move. Shows what you know about basketball. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your dumb a*s opinions. 23 y/o guys that are All NBA defenders & average 14 ppg are so easy to find…smh

  8. nilla619 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Lol and I thought the Jodi Meeks contract was bad

  9. unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    when did 8 million dollars for a starter become overpriced? You do know this the NBA right. THe same league that has dudes making 16 million on the bench? I don’t think this is a bad deal at all.

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