HoopsHype Avery Bradley rumors

August 24, 2014 Updates

Bradley has been working feverishly to strengthen his body, hoping to avoid injuries and develop into the Celtics’ shooting guard of the future. “Basketball has been my getaway,” he said last week during his camp in Dartmouth. “Whenever I might have a bad thought in my head, I’ll just go to the gym. That’s how I relieve all my stress. Sometimes I’ll go to the gym five times a day. That’s really been my outlet. My friends call me a gym rat but even if I am just sitting in the gym, I’ll look at the court and just imagine myself on it sometimes.” Boston Globe

“I remember KG [ Kevin Garnett] and those guys would tell me, 10 years is going to go by like that and I’m already five years in,” he said. “It hits home for sure because I’m taking a leadership role. I’m open to taking it and not only that, I’m excited to take it. I feel like I can teach the younger guys a lot, all the stuff that I’ve been through, all the stuff that I’ve learned from the amazing players I was blessed enough to play with.” Bradley and Rondo are the Celtics’ projected starting backcourt and the two have grown closer over the years. “He has helped me a lot,” Bradley said. “It just shows, man, I just love playing with him. I know he’s happy here. I know he likes the whole organization and this is his home now and I know that he’s comfortable here and we’re all happy to have him here.” Boston Globe

August 21, 2014 Updates

For his part, it never really ended. Bradley said he took a week off after the season, but was right back in the gym. He left the country for a vacation last week, but worked out each day. Bradley joked with team trainers that he's in the best shape of any player on the Celtics and is 100 percent healthy despite injuries that have nagged him during his career. "I still work out three times per day. I’m in amazing shape right now," said Bradley. "I joke around with the trainers -- me and the trainers, we worked out in Vegas together at the player meeting to pick our new leader -- I told them I’m in the greatest shape on the team right now. So we were joking about that. I feel good right now, my body feels good and I feel stronger." ESPN.com

July 20, 2014 Updates

While there has been criticism of the Celtics signing Avery Bradley to a four-year, $32 million deal, it is expected to devalue and become more of a bargain for the team once the new television agreement is reached. “The current deals expire in two years, so whether or not they were party to these discussions, the marketplace seems to be suggesting that we’re going to get a substantial increase in our next television deals, and of course the way the cap is set,” Silver said. “In essence it’s based off 30 teams — you take 50 percent of our total revenue and divide it by 30, and that’s roughly how our cap is completed. So the basic math is such that if we get a large increase in our television deals, the players are going to get half and the cap will go up.” Boston Globe

July 15, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have re-signed guard Avery Bradley to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We see Avery as a key part of our chase of Banner 18,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. "He keeps getting better and is still far from reaching his ceiling. We're ecstatic to have him back." NBA.com

In another rumor killer, colleague Mark Murphy learned yesterday that Avery Bradley will be back in town today to take his physical and sign his new four-year contract. Those acts will end speculation that the Celtics were holding off on signing him so he could be part of a trade. According to representative Mitchell Butler the “hold-up”, if you can call it that, came because he and the C’s were simply trying to iron out the language and the terms. The deal will still be a fairly straightforward $32 million pact, with escalating salaries beginning in the low $7-plus million range. Boston Herald

July 14, 2014 Updates
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Gary Washburn: #celtics fans, don't be alarmed by a lack of announcement, have been told Avery Bradley's contract is receiving finishing touches. Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

July 10, 2014 Updates
July 6, 2014 Updates

“A lesser man would have fallen to his knees,” said his agent, Mitchell Butler. Butler was alluding to a stretch between August and October last year, when every aspect of Bradley’s life collided. He celebrated the birth of a son, Avery III, mere weeks after his mother, Alicia, died from a stroke at 46. He also broke off negotiations with the Celtics on a contract extension in October — a smart move, as it turned out. Bradley is about to average roughly $2 million more, with an additional year, than the Celtics were willing to offer a year ago. Boston Herald

But by the time Butler and Ainge started negotiating, Bradley was in an emotional cyclone. He was healthy for the first time in four years for training camp after a chain of injuries and surgeries. He was setting up a home, preparing to become a first-time father, and waiting for his mother to fly east from Tacoma, Wash., to join Avery and his fiancee Ashley. “For Avery, with everything he’s had to deal with over the last 18-24 months, getting this done is spectacular,” said Butler. “To have double shoulder surgery, to lose your mom, to go into extension talks and feel you weren’t getting your fair value, to have a son.” Boston Herald

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June 30, 2014 Updates

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made it clear on Monday afternoon that the team very much wants to have restricted free agent Avery Bradley back in the fold next season. The Celtics officially extended a $3.6-million qualifying offer to the 23-year-old shooting guard Monday morning –giving them the right to match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent – with Ainge saying after the press conference to introduce draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young that the Smart selection does not negatively influence Bradley’s future in Boston in any way. MetroWest Daily News

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