Expect Avery Bradley to be a restricted free agent


John Wall got paid. Will Bradley get an extension soon?

John Wall recently got a max contract extension. He was at the head of the draft class that included Avery Bradley. Obviously Bradley won't be getting the max, but the Celtics are likely going to want to have him stick around for a while. But at what cost? And will they try to extend his contract before he becomes a restricted free agent? Don't count on it.

Usually only the top picks get extensions before October. So even if the Celtics wanted to extend him, it probably wouldn't happen until then.

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Of the seven players from the class of 2009 who received early extensions, only No. 1 pick Blake Griffin signed during the summer. The rest went right up to the Oct. 31 deadline.

There's no reason to get anxious if it sounds like your favorite team is miles apart in contract discussions with their class of 2010 player.

Given Bradley's injury history, the Celtics might be wise simply to play it safe and allow him to play out the year. He would then hit the open market next summer with the ability to match any and all offers that he gets.

Avery Bradley and Greivis Vásquez are two other players who could get re-upped before the Nov. 1 deadline, but each are likely to head to restricted free agency. The Celtics are in full rebuild mode and probably won't lock in any money long-term until they've thought hard about it.

Of course, the downside to letting him hit the market is that you run the risk of someone offering him a contract that is above the value you place on him. Look no further than the Knicks and Jeremy Lin. If the Celtics were able to get Bradley to agree to a reasonable extension, they might be wise to pull the trigger and lock him in. He might be motivated to sign for a hair less than what he thinks he's worth in order to get that guaranteed money (which he'd likely lose out on if he had another significant injury).

Still, it seems like the most likely scenario would be to see Bradley become a restricted free agent next offseason.

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