HoopsHype Avery Bradley rumors


June 28, 2014 Updates

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

June 27, 2014 Updates

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

Ideally, they’re a lethal combination. Defensively, Bradley locks down one opposing guard, allowing Rondo to thrive at what he does best, playing the passing lanes. Offensively, Rondo finds Bradley on the opposite end of those same passing lanes, where the latter thrives from the right corner (42.3 3P%) and elbow (46.9 FG%). “I would love it,” Bradley said of remaining the four-time All-Star’s backcourt mate. “I would love to play for Boston, and I would love to play with Rondo, so I wouldn’t mind it at all. I’m pretty sure any guard in the NBA would love to play with Rondo.” WEEI.com

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In a radio appearance on The Sports Hub Friday morning, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said guard Avery Bradley, who has missed 19 of the last 22 games with a right ankle injury, will return to the lineup against the Phoenix Suns at TD Garden tonight. Bradley started the first 43 games of the season before spraining his right ankle during a game against the Miami Heat in mid-January. He tried to return after a five-game absence, but he quickly aggravated his ankle and was forced to return to the bench. He has missed 13 consecutive games. Boston Globe

March 9, 2014 Updates

Bradley and the Celtics nearly reached an agreement on a four-year contract before the Oct. 31 deadline, but now his status will reach into the summer, when he could field offers from other clubs that the Celtics have the right to match. Or the sides could agree to allow Bradley to play out the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Bradley said he believes he’s proven his worth and durability. “I think I’ve proved that throughout this year because you can’t really control something like [the ankle],” he said. “But the last 16 games or whatever that I come back, I am going to go out there and play hard. This is a game I love to play. We need to go out there and prove to our fans and to ourselves we’re going to fight no matter what.” Boston Globe

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On Boston sports radio Wednesday, SI.com reported that Celtics GM Danny Ainge wants a king's ransom for his players in trade offers, including asking for first-round picks in exchange for Jeff Green and Avery Bradley. From WEEI: "I've had conversations with a couple of different general managers last night, and we talked a little bit about Boston and what they were trying to do at the trade deadline, and the sense I got from them was that Boston is totally overvaluing some of the players they have. They're looking for first-round picks in return for guys like Jeff Green or a guy like Avery Bradley and others and they're just not going to get it.” CBSSports.com

February 12, 2014 Updates

Further testing on the ailing right ankle of Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley revealed a second sprain and his status to return after the All-Star break is uncertain. Bradley missed five games last month due to an initial sprain on Jan. 21 in Miami. He returned on Feb. 2, but the team believes Bradley suffered a second sprain three days later in Philadelphia. He sat out one game last week before attempting to return on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks, but Bradley looked off and the team removed him from the game in the second half. ESPN.com

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