Top o’ the morning to you, Boston Celtics fans!
We’ve completed two days of NBA free agency, and so far there have been minimal fireworks. The good news is, the Boston Celtics have acquired one of the free agents who sat atop their Wish List: Mr. Zero tolerance himself, Avery Bradley:
No more speculation, it’s official. As the Boston Globe has confirmed, restricted free agent Avery Bradley has agreed to come back to Celtics for $32 million over 4 years. The crowded Boston backcourt will stay crowded it appears. But is Avery Bradleyworth that kind of money?
There will be a lot of debate in the months to come about whether Bradley is worth that kind of money, so I’ll head that argument off at the pass and send you to The Lottery Mafia, which provides one explanation of why Boston had to invest that sort of dough in their defensive specialist:
So why did the Celtics overpay? Just yesterday, the Detroit Pistons signed Jodie Meeks to a 3-year deal worth $19 million. Could it be possible that the Celtics saw the market price for shooting guards and felt they had to make a strong, early move? Possible, but unlikely. I think the biggest factor for Boston overpaying was the number of high profile playoff teams who are in desperate need of a “3 and D” guy. If you look at the graph below, you can see there would be a lot of potential suitors for someone with Bradley’s skill set.
We’ll just have to wait and see, although I personally am not in love with the terms.
At least the Boston Celtics showed Bradley some love . . . which is more than I can say for the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin. Check out how the Rockets decorated the front of the Toyota Center yesterday:
The front door of Toyota Center. pic.twitter.com/EkdMC22Ji5
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 2, 2014
Are you effing kidding me – they picked Lin’s jersey number as the one to slap on Carmelo Anthony? What did Lin have to say about this, you ask?
Luke 6:29 – If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 2, 2014
Classy move, Jeremy. Too bad Houston doesn’t know what that means, apparently.
Trying to keep up on all of the free agency rumors and dealings is exhausting. That’s why I’m glad there’s Sports Illustrated, who is doing all of the work for us!
I think today I’ll leave with you Brad Stevens’ pitch to potential free agents, and why he believes Marcus Smart and Rajon Rondo can co-exist. (Of course, according to me, the Celtics may have no choice but to see how well Rondo and Smart get along . . . .)
Thanks for the read!