The Boston Celtics, despite going guard heavy in the 2014 NBA Draft knew they wanted to re-sign restricted free agent, Avery Bradley. They ended up doing so, though weren’t without competition.
Multiple teams were said to have interest in the defensive minded point guard, including the Philadelphia 76ers who reached out to Avery Bradley just moments after he hit the market. They were beaten to the punch by the Boston Celtics though and Bradley seemingly never wanted to leave Beantown.
Still, the Philadelphia 76ers desire to sign Avery Bradley may suggest more as to their future plans and how they view their current roster.
As for Bradley, he never wanted to leave the Celtics as he stated recently.
Avery on quick deal with C’s: “They were the first team that called and — we had other calls — but Boston, I knew I was coming back here.”
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) August 21, 2014
Bradley is likely very aware that Rajon Rondo’s future with the Boston Celtics is very cloudy and he’s next in line if Rondo is traded. Given that, it makes sense as to why he’d prefer to stay in Beantown as opposed to a place like Philadelphia where he most likely would have been entrenched in a bench role considering Michael Carter-Williams is Philadelphia’s point guard of the future.
Nobody knows just how much the Celtics would have paid to retain Bradley considering they owned his restriced rights and thus an ability to match any contract offer he received, though Bradley didn’t even make the Celtics go through such a process which was rather kind.