There’s no doubt, when Boston Celtics point guard Avery Bradley is on the floor, he’s a talented player. But the problem with Avery isn’t his on-court skill, it’s simply staying on the floor as Bradley has proven to be rather injury prone during his first few seasons in the league.
A restricted free agent at season end, the Celtics say they like what Bradley brings to the table but admit they have concerns in regards to the constant injuries.
“Well, listen, I’ve often said that the most important ability is availability,” Ainge replied. “So I think that that is a concern. But he’s very young, and they’re not any injuries that have set him way back. The shoulder injuries two years ago took away a summer of his development.
“But listen, we’re big fans of Avery’s. Injuries are always a concern, but we’re big, big fans. You can see how he’s improving as a player every year.”
Bradley joins a group of talented, young point guards who will be entering restricted free agency like Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, both of whom should cash in during a somewhat thin market.
Will the Celtics chance the injury history with Rajon Rondo entrenched as their starting point? That’s likely a decision that will come down to money.