Boston Agrees to Re-Sign Avery Bradley for Four Years, $32 Million

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Avery Bradley will be back in a Celtics uniform.

Bradley is currently a restricted free agent. Find out more information about him in our Free Agent Profile.

One of Danny Ainge’s major goals this offseason was to get the Texas product back in Boston. When the Boston Celtics elected to take Marcus Smart at No. 6 in the 2014 draft, some thought Bradley may be surplus to requirements with Smart’s ability to play the two and his fantastic defensive ability. However, it appears the Celtics are particularly high on Bradley, and they value him as an elite perimeter defender. Many fans remember the 2011 playoff series against the Miami Heat where Bradley really broke out by playing fantastic defense on Dwayne Wade.

Baxter Holmes of the Boston Herald reported that Bradley has signed a 4-year deal worth $32 million.

So how does this rate in terms of value? Well we spoke to Reds Army’s site manager John Karalis back in late May in Ep 31 of The Lottery Mafia Podcast. At the time, Karalis suggested to us that he thought a fair deal would be a 3-year deal worth $18 million. Many other well-respected journalists also felt Bradley’s price was a little steep:

So why did the Celtics overpay? Just yesterday, the Detroit Pistons signed Jodie Meeks to a 3-year deal worth $19 million. Could it be possible that the Celtics saw the market price for shooting guards and felt they had to make a strong, early move? Possible, but unlikely. I think the biggest factor for Boston overpaying was the number of high profile playoff teams who are in desperate need of a “3 and D” guy. If you look at the graph below, you can see there would be a lot of potential suitors for someone with Bradley’s skill set.

2014 cap space

So have the Celtics overpaid for Bradley? Yes, but when you have invested a large amount of time developing a player like the Celtics have, you can understand why they might believe he is worth the money. Right now, he may not warrant $8 million per year, but what the Celtics will be banking on is if he can keep making strides and improving as a player. In the 2013-14 season, Bradley put up career-highs of 14.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG and stayed healthy for a career-best 60 games. The Celtics will know best if he has the potential to eventually be worth that kind of money. Ainge has been hugely successful during his time in Boston, so don’t chalk this up to Bradley being largely overpaid just yet.

About James Plowright

I am from Manchester, England and for some odd reason have a total infatuation with the NBA and more specifically, the Charlotte Hornets. I have written for various NBA websites including Bobcats.com, Real GM and ESPN's True Hoop Network site Queen City Hoops. Two years ago I started this website after becoming disillusioned with the major media outlets forgetting about the "bad" teams in the NBA. My goal is to bring a spotlight on the darkest, least talented corners of the NBA.