Instead of letting the market dictate a bidding war for his players' services, Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is showing he is willing to do what it takes to get his free agents signed right away. When Jeff Green became a free agent a couple offseasons ago, the Celtics quickly re-signed him to a big contract nobody else seemed to be offering. Now with Avery Bradley's restricted free agency, Ainge is pouncing early to lock up his own player once again.
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald is reporting the Celtics and Bradely have agreed to terms on a new contract. Marc Spears has a four-year, $32 million contract fully guaranteed with zero player or team options, according to Bradley's agent. Deals can't be officially signed until July 10.
Celtics have agreed to terms with restricted free agent Avery Bradley, according to source.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 2, 2014
Celtics Avery Bradley's new four-year, $32 million contract is fully guaranteed with no options, agent Mitchell Butler said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 2, 2014
This is an interesting contract for both the Celtics and Bradley. The Celtics just drafted Marcus Smart with the sixth pick and then took James Young, a wing that will split time between both wing positions, with the 17th pick. With Rajon Rondo still on the roster, they have a stable of quick, athletic guards who should all be good defenders. They can really punish the perimeter attack of many teams with ball pressure and wear down their opponents. They also have the elephant in the room of whether they should offer an extension to Rondo or move him for more assets in the rebuilding process.
For Bradley, he has struggled with injuries during his young career. He's missed 107 games in his four-year career and had a bad shoulder that's kept him out of action. When he does play, he's one of the best defensive guards in the NBA. He can hound point guards or use his wingspan to defend shooting guards. His defensive discipline is superb. Offensively, he's all over the place. He's been a good outside shooter in two of his four seasons. He's been a non-factor on the perimeter in the other two. He's not really a point guard either, so you can't just put him there.
If Bradley is able to find a consistent shooting stroke, the $8 million per season could be a steal because of his defensive ability and the lack of depth at the shooting guard position in this league. Lance Stephenson is certainly loving the market Bradley's contract and Jodie Meeks' contract just set for shooting guards this summer.