Avery Bradley has a lot of upside, he's one of the best defensive players in the NBA. His growth alone on the offensive end is very impressive. The 23 year-old Bradley, is averaging a career-high 14.3 points a game. At the same time, the Celtics were without Rondo for the first 40 odd games, and outside of Jeff Green. Avery's average could be a little inflated.
With Bradley's pending free agency this summer. The Boston Celtics have some choices to make. The one thing that I worry about from where I sit, is AB's injury history. Is Bradley a player to build around? A potential sign-and-trade deal down the road? How do the Celtics value, and view Bradley as a future player is up for debate. Without question, Ainge could use Bradley in a bigger trade over the summer. I like Bradley, and I love how hard he's worked. But I just don't know if he'll ever remain healthy.
According to Broussard, Bradley was one of the players Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge would consider moving to open future cap space. The shooting guard is set to become a restricted free agent, so Boston has no obligation to pay him after this season. But the Celtics intend to consider letting Bradley go, it's smart to see what he might fetch in a trade.
Yahoo!'s Marc Spears reported Monday that the Celtics did, indeed, gauge the market for Bradley. In his power rankings, Spears wrote, "A source backed (Broussard's) report that Boston shopped guard Avery Bradley prior to the trade deadline."