Avery Bradley is garnering a lot of discussion since the end of the Boston Celtics' season. The shooting guard, entering restricted free agency this summer, could have a few suitors if the Celtics allow him to test the waters. Bradley turned down a four-year $24 million dollar offer this winter, Bradley will probably not make that much now after an injury plagued second half of the season has brought up more questions about his health.
However, there will be a market for Bradley this summer because he plays excellent defense and showed he is capable of shooting the ball from various spots on the floor.
Let's look at some teams (in no particular order) that could make Bradley an offer the Celtics can't match:
Looking at the Bulls' salaries for next season, they have two guards on the books: Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. DJ Augustin and Kirk Hinrich are both free agents and could potentially return to Chicago. Carmelo Anthony is the prize possession of this summer's market (assuming LeBron James stays in Miami). Bradley could be a nice addition if the Anthony sweepstakes doesn't go Chicago's way.
Some of this might depend on what direction the 76ers want to go. They have a point guard in Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel is a question mark but could be a defensive presence. If they want to add a perimeter defender like Bradley they could offer him more than market value. They only have $24 million on the books, leaving them with nearly $50 million to spend this summer. The one catch for the 76ers is that they are already paying Jason Richardson $6 million a year, which means they might want to spend their money somewhere else. Considering Bradley's injury woes and Richardson's age and the fact that he's only played 87 games the past two seasons.
Eric Bledsoe could be hitting the free agent market, too. The has a qualifying offer for the 2014-15 season, so if that happens then Bradley would not be an option for the Suns. However, if Bledsoe does leave, Bradley could be the replacement. Would Bradley fit in perfectly with their run and gun offense? Maybe not entirely, but his defense would help. They were a middle of the road defensive team last year, ranking 15th in Defensive Rating.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Right now, the Thunder have a defensive minded shooting guard in Thabo Sefolosha. However, he is a free agent this summer also. The Thunder are close to the cap considering the Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant contract (here's their cap breakdown). The desire to try something new if they don't make the NBA Finals could make Bradley a nice new piece on this talented team that continues to seek the perfect championship potion.
Tags: Avery Bradley, Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Eric Bledsoe, Lebron James, Michael Carter-Williams, NBA, Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City, Phoenix Suns
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