Finding young, reliable talent is a tough task in the NBA these days. With free agency now underway, teams are looking to add the next young star for a reasonable price. The Boston Celtics have a budding star in Avery Bradley, but they took a huge risk and re-signed him to a four-year, $32 million deal.
The two sides have been talking about a deal for a while and the Celtics wanted to make Bradley the No. 1 priority during the free agency period.
Bradley, 23, has been in the league just four years, but has improved in nearly every single category during that time span. He has gone from a minor role player in his rookie season to a regular role player in his second year to a full-time starter at shooting guard.
In fact, he has started 108 of 110 games in the past two seasons for Boston.
He made it known that he wanted to stay with the Celtics and sign a long-term deal before free agency even started and that has come to fruition with the recent pricey deal he just signed with the Celtics.
However, Boston is taking a huge risk on the former NBA All-Defensive second-teamer by offering $8 million per year to a guy who has struggled to stay healthy.
Bradley has played just 110 games in the past two seasons and has never appeared in more than 64 games in a single campaign. That should raise huge red flags to the organization, but they have faith that he will stay healthy and keep on improving his production.
The young stud averaged 14.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in his best professional season in 2013-14.
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