Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

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    Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason Moving On Yahoo Contributor Network  By Mark EvansJan 3, 2014 12:38 PM    

    COMMENTARY | For a team that just started rebuilding, theBoston Celtics could be doing much worse. 

    There are some quality, young pieces on the roster, and the team is loaded with draft picks that it acquired in various deals. This process isn't easy, even though teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder make it look simple.

    Avery Bradley is one of the more intriguing pieces. Prior to this season, he has been mostly a defensive specialist with a very limited offensive game. Despite his size, it's clear that he can't play the point guard position. Bradley hasn't shown the ability to run an offense effectively, and his ball handling hasn't improved much during his time in the NBA.

    In the past, Bradley has played shooting guard next to Rajon Rondo. It hasn't been a perfect pairing, and the lack of backcourt size is glaring.

    Jordan Crawford has flourished as the team's primary point guard this season, which has allowed Bradley to play primarily off the ball. He's scoring 13.7 points per game in his fourth season with the Celtics on an acceptable 45% from the field. A 38.8% from three gives his efficiency a boost, despite a lackluster 68.8% from the free-throw line.

    Still, the best part of Bradley's game moving forward will most likely be his defense. He's proven to be a smothering defender that puts opposing guards under constant pressure, despite the fact that he's a little undersized as a shooting guard. He can usually cover both guard positions, but there's no use for him as a defender on small forwards, which is a serious limitation for a defensive specialist.

    All of this adds up to a pretty nice player in the right situation. He's a little more than a "three and D" guy, but nothing special. Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report reported a little while ago that Bradley is looking for $8 million per year, which could lead to an awkward situation between Avery and the Celtics.

    Tony Allen, who is universally considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the game, makes just $5 million per year for the Memphis Grizzlies. So, where exactly does $8 million make sense for Avery?

    Bradley probably does have a little more upside than Allen, but what is that upside worth? Going a step further, why pay $8 million for Bradley when you could bring back Jordan Crawford at a much more reasonable price? With a little more size and a toughness that is unmatched, Allen provides extra value as someone who can guard point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards.

    The Celtics do have a little over $17 million coming off the books between Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans. Danny Ainge will have some money to spend, but there are better uses of this cap space. They'd be smart to look at other options, such as trading for a bad contract with the requirement of also bringing back young players or draft picks. Remember, cap space has value outside of simply signing free agents.

    It's hard to justify paying Avery Bradley $3 million per season more than Tony Allen. He's having a nice season, but he's simply not worth the price. The Celtics are in a good position moving forward, and making a bad move like this would compromise their future.

    Bring back Jordan Crawford at a cheap price and use your draft picks wisely, Danny. No need to splurge on an undersized shooting guard who is only starting to resemble an average offensive player.

    Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    I agree with the author of the article above! AB is not worth 8-mil per year! Trade him versus loose him!! 

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    I think if we make any trades next month, he will go.

    My dream scenario would be a 3 guard rotation of Rondo, Hayward and Crawford.  Keep Brooks around, and draft a big and a scorer in this draft.

    If we can somehow get rid of Wallace/Bass/Lee or any combo and resign Hump at a bargain.....we could be in decent shape:

    Rondo/Pressey

    Hayward/Crawford/Brooks

    Green/I'll say Saric here......

    Sully/Hump

    Embiid/Oly/Fav

     

    I'd cheer like a maniac for that team..........

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    Good team! 

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    Lee is better than Bradley.

    But we are showcasing Bradley for a trade. Just like Bass.

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    In response to chris33's comment:
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    Lee is better than Bradley.

    But we are showcasing Bradley for a trade. Just like Bass.

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    Just my opinion but I am not sure we want to get rid of Avery Bradley. He is starting to come into his own playing the 2 and he is only 22 years old. It is hard to see what style Stevens will finally settle on as what we see now is sure to be changing a bunch over the next couple of years but if we are going to be a Running Team that plays pressure Defense {and will press in the back court some} then he might be just what this team needs. That being said, I would not over-pay him nor match some crazy offer but I think he is just way too young/improving to let slip away at this point. 

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    Yeah , you forget how young he is.  Money will be determining  factor

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    In response to mossad-did-911's comment:
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    In response to chris33's comment:
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    Lee is better than Bradley.

    But we are showcasing Bradley for a trade. Just like Bass.

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    last year too? Bradley has always gotten more minutes than Lee, because he's the better player. younger also.

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    Bradley was better last year. Lee has been better this year.

    Whenever Bradley starts dribbling, I shutter. Something bad will happen.

    Someone will overpay for Bradley at the end of this season. I hope it is not us.

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    In response to hedleylamarr's comment:

    I think if we make any trades next month, he will go.

    My dream scenario would be a 3 guard rotation of Rondo, Hayward and Crawford.  Keep Brooks around, and draft a big and a scorer in this draft.

    If we can somehow get rid of Wallace/Bass/Lee or any combo and resign Hump at a bargain.....we could be in decent shape:

    Rondo/Pressey

    Hayward/Crawford/Brooks

    Green/I'll say Saric here......

    Sully/Hump

    Embiid/Oly/Fav

     

    I'd cheer like a maniac for that team..........



    Good god what has the world come to that Jordan Crawford is now part of people's DREAM ROTATION!!!

     

     
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    If he can be had for 5-6 million /yr, do it, he plays great D when he wants to and has decent O skills that he seems to be developing on a steady basis, but he's still too much of a streaky shooter for me... paired with a REAL PG who can also shoot would allow him to work his D on the other teams best 1 or 2...

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    Just cannot get it out of my mind {scary, I know} when he spanked D-Wade and left the SPALDING logo on his forhead. 

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    I think AB is worth 4 years 26M

     

    I think Danny would increment it, something like 

    Year1: 5M

    Year2: 6M

    Year3: 7M

    Year4: 8M

     

    I think AB's camp would take that

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

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    I think once Rondo gets back we will have seen the best Crawford going to give us...I think Rondo's impending return has negatively impacted Crawfords play...it's weighing on his mind, IMO...Lately, he just plain bites!

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    Agree Mel, he has been diappointing lately and I do not know the kid but he seems like he could become a problem when his minutes are cut. 

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

    In response to melwittss' comment:
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    When AB wants to do it he has the tools to be the best 1 and 2 defender in the NBA...he's fast, quick, strong and has great stamina...his youth works well late in games...he just needs to be in big games for it to be around all the time...it sucks working hard for a truly awful team...even though they are up in the division standings they know they aren't very good...

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    Yep, and that alone says something about his character. I think if we can get him at decent money and finally get some players around him, what he does for a team will show to be very important to a winning team. 

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

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    Agreed...I think he's one guy who will respond well to Stevens and a devloping winning team...he's NOT a punk...if Rondo gets his mind and leg right, those two could be one of the better backcouts in the NBA...Crawford?...I'm just not a Crawford guy...I've seen too much of him to think he'll ever be any good...

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    I am not a Crawford guy either Mel and agree that we have seen the best of what he has or ever will be able to offer. I would say maybe he could be a decent back-up 1/2 combo but I just do not trust that he will take to that well. If Pressy could learn to shoot, I think he could fit that role as he does get the ball hopping when he comes in but Holy Cow, his shooting has left a lot to be desired.

     
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    Re: Despite Emergence, Boston Celtics Should Pass on Avery Bradley in Offseason!

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    Pressy is just too small...love the way he can run the team and especially the way he can dish in the paint and create shots for guys, but he's an absolute liability on D

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    True Sir and I am sure that he would be Posted Up in a Playoff setting. His size is already an issue and when you toss in he cannot shoot, well that is two strikes against him. 

     

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