Celtics pick up team option on Avery Bradley

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Bradley will be back in Boston for the 2013-2014 season. Danny picked up his $2.51 million option today while Avery recovers from shoulder surgery.

Well, duh. From the official press release:

The Boston Celtics announced today that they exercised the fourth year option in the contract of guard Avery Bradley. This option covers the 2013-2014 NBA Season.

Bradley, a 6'2" guard, had a breakout season during the 2011-12 season recording career highs in virtually every statistical category. Bradley averaged 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes in 64 games last season. He shot 49.8% from the field and shot 40.7% from three-point land. He set new career-high with 28 points against Atlanta on April 20 while also recording a career-high four steals. The former Texas Longhorn averaged 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.07 steals in his 28 starts while improving his shooting to 50.4% from the field and 46.5% from three. He had 20 games in which he netted 10 or more points and four games in which he recorded 20 or more.

Where it ultimately gets interesting is next next season when AB and the Celtics either sign him to a new contract or let him taste free agency by extending him only a $3.58 million qualifying offer. We're a ways away from that, so for now, let's concentrate on the Heat and how much we'll miss Avery doing this to Dwyane Wade (P.S. I love tagging DWade in posts where he gets stuffed):

D-Wade gets sent back by Bradley! (via NBA)

Get well, Avery.

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