The Boston Celtics made one of their first moves of the offseason as they sent a qualifying offer to Avery Bradley, making him a restricted free agent.
The oft-injured guard is another frustrating member of this current version of the Celtics roster. Bradley has spurts where he hits three-pointers and mid-range jumpers like his life depends on it, but then an ankle, wrist, or foot injury sidelines him, making him start from square one.
When he came into the league he was expected to be a high-energy point guard who could handle the ball and hound opposing defenders. Well the ball-handling aspect of that never came to fruition and Bradley has turned into a spot-up shooter, still with ability to wear out any guard with his exuberant defense.
By making this offer to Bradley, the Celtics ensure that they will match any offer he gets on the market because it will be affordable and cap-friendly based on his league-service and his general value on the court. This will make him an attractive addition to any trades that Boston may make in the near future. Not saying that he is guaranteed to be part of any deal, but it’s certainly an option.
With the influx of backcourt-talent coming in from the draft, Bradley will get to do even less dribbling than he was doing before, which should only help his NBA future. Hopefully, Bradley is able to get through a full season without having to miss extended periods of time, something he hasn’t been able to do since he was 18. This move is just the first in what should be an active offseason for Danny Ainge and company.