This week Avery Bradley signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Boston Celtics, begging the question, Why did Danny Ainge dole out this money so easily?
Bradley has skill, there is no doubt about that. His jumper has progressed since he has entered the league and we all know the type of defender he can be, but to give him $8 million a season without other suitors courting him doesn’t make a lot of sense.
He wasn’t going to get a substantial offer from another club, and the most he could get for a player of his caliber is perhaps $40 million over those same four years, something that wasn’t going to happen.
My main issue with this contract is that Bradley hasn’t EARNED this deal. He is yet to play a full season in the NBA, and seems to have the same nagging injuries year after year. Then there is his inability to handle the ball and his propensity for turning the ball over, especially without another capable guard on the floor. Bradley is also incredibly streaky when he is playing regularly, not something you are looking for when giving out a $32 million deal on a club that is cap-conscious….unless there’s something happening that we don’t know yet (i.e. Rajon Rondo move).
Still, I sit here scratching my head wondering what was going on behind the scenes that Bradley is getting this type of deal! I hope to see Bradley on the floor for over 70 games this season and that his progression continues. Otherwise, you can add him to the list of poor mid-level contracts that Ainge has handed out or traded for over the past few years. He should stick to trying to trade for aging veterans from some of his old pals.