The Boston Celtics have understandably held point guard Avery Bradley in high regard.
A tenacious defender, Bradley is rounding himself into a very solid player and could be set to cash in come restricted free agency this Summer. It’s something the Celtics are aware of and according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, they know they’re likely to deal with teams looking to take him out of Beantown.
Will they have success? As Kyler notes, it’s likely going to come down to money. The Celtics want to keep him, obviously, but they also aren’t going to break the bank.
“The Celtics would like to bring Bradley back, but this one is going to come down to price. If a team gets silly with an offer the Celtics may very well let Bradley walk.”
The problem compounds considering Rajon Rondo is currently on the Celtics roster. Potentially available for the right price last February, have the Celtics committed to Rondo from this point on? Or will there still be rumors of a potential move down the road?
Boston, like most other NBA teams, simply can’t afford to pay two point guards starting figure salaries. That said, it may make the most sense for the Celtics to match any offer Bradley receives in free agency and then decide what they want to do moving forward.
Of course, we saw the Atlanta Hawks make such a decision regarding Jeff Teague last offseason and they clearly had buyers remorse, placing him on the trade block though no team was willing to absorb his contract and provide talent in return to the Celtics will certainly need to be careful.