WALTHAM --- On the eve of free agency Monday, the Celtics announced they have extended a qualifying offer to guard Avery Bradley.
The qualifying offer is worth $3.8 million dollars and will make Bradley a restricted free agent on July 1. As a restricted free agent, the Celtics have three days to match any other offer made by a team to Bradley during free agency.
Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge indicated on Monday afternoon that the team is hopeful Bradley will be a part of the Celtics next season, even though the team drafted guard Marcus Smart and swingman James Young last week.
“Avery’s a big part of our future,” Ainge told reporters. “I think that you obviously need three guards who are going to play a significant amount of minutes. We also think Marcus can play with Phil Pressey. Phil can play with Rondo. Phil can play with Avery. Because of the versatility of Rondo and Marcus, that probably allows that.”
Bradley posted career-highs in points per game (14.9), rebounds per game (3.8), points (891), rebounds (226), minutes (1,855), field goals made (361), three-pointers made (79), and free throws made (90) during the 2013-14 season. He battled injury concerns as well, which limited him to just 60 games last year.
The veteran guard has never played in more than 64 games during a season over the course of his four-year career. Those durability issues may limit his value on the open market despite a breakout season.