Apr 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) moves the ball upcourt during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Will the Boston Celtics keep Avery Bradley?

With a few key pieces, like point guard Rajon Rondo and his back court mate, Avery Bradley, already in place, the Boston Celtics are hoping their rebuilding process will be quick.

Of course, the Celtics will likely have plenty of offers for Rondo and are well aware of the injury history both guards have.

According to Mike Murphy of The Boston Herald, the Celtics may opt not to keep Bradley.

In most years, unrestricted free agents are a good bet to return to the team that holds their matching rights. 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.

Bradley averaged 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season.

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  • jtwover50

    To not keep Bradley would ensure a long road for re-buildig, in fact put them ion dange for becoming s development team instead of a playoff team. First of all, every player gets injuries now and then. It is hard to believe that is the sole reason for dismissing a player, and 6M a year for a player at his level is hardly unreasonable. If they lose him, this also means that they would have gotten 0 out of their drafts from 2007-2011, with only Paul Pierce and Rondo sticking between 1997-2006. Admittedly two of those deals completed trades for Garnett and Allen, so one can argue that was a reasonable price. But you build your future teams with good draft selections. Pay him and choose as good a backup combo guard with your second pick you can get. The Pressey experiment needs to end. If you refuse to pay Bradley, the C’s may be forced to look at a quality combo guard – like Exum – and I prefer a quality potential All-star at the 3 with Green first off the bench or involved in a good trade for them. If they get a 1 or 2 pick, then everything is on the trade table for re-evaluation, including Rondo as much as I like him. I wouldn’t pick any of the 3′s in the draft over offering a max contract to Carmelo and working a trade for Asik – but only if some of his contract is paid by Houston – involving Rondo and then use your first selection maybe on Exum. At this point though I think I would sign him them maybe trade later; it all depends on the C’s 2014 draft picks.