HoopsHype Avery Bradley rumors

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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

“I think Avery could be a very key player in us winning the championship,” Ainge said. “He does things that other players can’t do. His shooting continues to improve. We have all see in the past his terrific defensive abilities. I think he’s a big part of us.” MetroWest Daily News

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Gary Washburn: #Celtics have extended $3.58 million qualifying offer to Avery Bradley, according to NBA source, giving club right to match any offer to RFA Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

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Gary Washburn: #Celtics have extended $3.58 million qualifying offer to Avery Bradley, according to NBA source, giving club right to match any offer to RFA Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

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Danny Ainge tried to put an end to those questions Thursday night by indicating moving Rondo was not in the team's plans. Ainge responded with a simple 'yes' when asked if the team will move forward with their veteran point guard on the roster. Instead of talking about moving Rondo, Ainge was adamant in stating he thinks Rondo, Smart, and Avery Bradley can all play together. "[Smart's] a very versatile player," Ainge said. "Easily those guys can play together. I think they would really thrive playing together, all of them." Boston Globe

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This offseason is like previous ones for Bradley, who sees it as an opportunity to strengthen his body, enhance his skills and return to Boston with a game that's bigger, better and stronger than ever. Still, this summer is unlike any other because of his impending restricted free-agent status. And while no one knows how the Celtics and their rebuilding efforts will play out, Bradley reiterated to CSNNE.com that he wants to be part of it. "Of course this is where I want to be," Bradley told CSNNE.com in a phone interview on Thursday. "I've been in Boston for four years and I love it; I love the fans, the front office. I definitely want to be back." CSNNE.com

May 4, 2014 Updates

But when Bradley and his camp broke off extension talks with the Celtics over the winter despite the fact that the sides weren’t far apart, the guard may also have lost out on his best-case money scenario for next season. Bradley’s ongoing brittleness considered, the C’s are unlikely to return to the four-year, $24 million extension that was previously offered. The injury issue may also limit what he finds on the market this summer. Chronic ankle trouble limited Bradley to a 60-game season. He has never had a fully healthy NBA season, a circumstance that won’t give him much leverage. Bradley’s most durable regular season came in 2011-12, when he played in 64 games, and he excelled in 10 playoff games before chronic shoulder trouble forced him out. Boston Herald

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Ben Rohrbach: Sounds like Ainge has every intention of keeping Bradley. Referenced his restricted status. In all likelihood, market sets value, C's match. Twitter @brohrbach

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