The Boston Celtics and Avery Bradley’s management have been talking about a contract extension since the summer began. Bradley has been very coy on the subject and hasn’t put his extension ahead of his role on the team.
Bradley’s role on the team is important, but it’s normally tough to give out long term contracts to defensive specialists. Sometimes, they don’t last as long as you’d like them to. And, in Bradley’s case, there is already an injury history there. I’m sure that has factored in to the talks that Bradley’s team and Ainge have had.
A. Sherrod Blakely says that both sides have signaled that they will wait until Bradley’s restricted free agency period to hammer out a deal.
Ainge declined to address where those talks stand now, but all indications are that both sides will wait until Bradley becomes a restricted free agent this summer to work out a new deal.
Bradley, who is due to earn $2.51 million this season, has also remained mum on the topic, preferring to instead focus on doing his part to help the Celtics through this transition period.
“I really don’t focus on that,” Bradley said earlier when asked about his impending free agency if a contract extension isn’t reached. “I just focus on winning games, doing what I can do for my team. I can’t wait for the season start.”
Bradley will be able to prove his worth to Ainge once the season plays out. If he’s worthy of the deal that he’s looking for, I’m sure Ainge will give it to him. Bradley is an essential part of the Celtics team. The team’s defense has been, statistically, far better with him than without.
The Celtics have many crucial decisions coming up this offseason. Jordan Crawford will also reach his extended free agency period. The Celtics haven’t said anything about his contract situation as of yet.