Bradley is set to be a restricted free agent and could attract outside interest, but Ainge said he believed Bradley would be back next season. The Celtics will have the opportunity to match any offer Bradley receives. It has been reported that he turned down a four-year, $24-million offer prior to this season, and would like $8 million per year. I would have to say no to that kind of deal. Bradley has proven to be a little on the injury prone side.
"I think Avery is a terrific player and he's gonna be with us," Ainge said. "We have the ability to match [any offer], he's a restricted free agent and we have every intention of having Avery with us."
The 23-year-old Bradley is averaging career bests at 14.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game. His shooting has me second guessing my thoughts about how much he should make. He continues to improve, and the only thing that keeps me from spending that much is his injury history. I'm comfortable with 6 million a year. I don't know why the 8 million a year mark hurts, but long term. If Bradley is able to stay healthy, and if he becomes brilliant with Rondo. Than it's a steal.