The Boston Celtics and Avery Bradley had been working on getting a long term deal hammered out since the late summer. This morning, at 12 midnight Eastern, the Boston Celtics and Bradley’s management team failed to come up with a deal. This means that Bradley will enter restricted free agency.
Gary Washburn tweeted that the two sides failed to agree on an amount on a four year deal.
#celtics and Avery Bradley unable to agree to framework of 4-year deal, according to source. he will be a restricted free agent next summer
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) November 1, 2013
Avery Bradley’s deal isn’t going to be a huge one. It should be somewhere in the realm of $20-25 million–in Tony Allen’s range. But the Celtics need time to clear more cap space before they dish out an exact amount of money to Bradley.
The Celtics have already declined Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks’ options. They aren’t apart of the team’s long term plans like Bradley is–or how the Celtics want him to be. They want to clear those guys from off of the books while also moving some of the guys like Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass for cheaper deals as well.
The Celtics are trying to tear the house down and build from the ground up. Bradley’s defensive prowess is something they want to keep, if only for a certain price. If they can clear the cap over the long haul of the season, I’m sure the Celtics will get a deal done with Bradley when the season opens up.
He shouldn’t see that much from other suitors in restricted free agency. No one will want to risk that much on Bradley with his limited offensive ability and his injury history. The Celtics won’t see too much competition and they’ll have him back on this roster next season for a fair price.