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Gauging Bradley's Value


As much as I would like to see Avery Bradley back in a Celtics uniform, I am not sure I am willing to pay him the money he may command in the Free Agency. As it stands the market for a shooting guard is fairly thin, which could play into Bradley's favor.

In order to gauge Avery Bradley's potential value, I pulled the top free agent shooting guards as well as the contract of players comparable to their skill set.

TOP TIER

Dwayne Wade

Although he's technically he's not a free agent yet, Dwayne Wade does however own an Early Termination Option (ETO) in his contract. If he decides to use it, there will be plenty of teams lining up to pry him from the Heat. Depending on whether he stays or goes, the remaining teams could opt for a cheaper version of Dwayne Wade in Avery Bradley.

Expected salary - Max contract

SECOND TIER

Lance Stephenson

Very talented offensive player that plays with a tremendous passion and toughness. It is that same passion however that could turn some GMs off.

"Uh, playing against the Heat, I’ve got to calm down my little antics," Stephenson said Monday afternoon after Pacers practice. "So I decided I’m not gonna do none of that. I’m just going to stay poised and just play with my team."

"I mean, when I do some dances or stuff and get the crowd involved, I actually play better," he said. "But if it’s gonna help my teammates and it helps me stay in the game, I’m definitely not going to do that."


Despite his antics, I expect the Pacers to do anything they can to keep Stephenson in the Pacers uniform for years to come.

Yearly salary should be around Arron Afflalo ($7.3 million) and OJ Mayo ($8 million)
Avery Bradley

It is no secret that Avery Bradley is one of the best on ball defenders in the NBA today, which unfortunately over shadows his development offensively. Besides his ability to finish around the basket, Bradley has developed a pretty solid mid-ranged game as well as the ability to consistently hit threes averaging nearly 15 points per game and shooting 40% from the three.

Whether it's his defensive prowess or his continued growth offensively, Danny Ainge sees Bradley as an intricate piece to the puzzle and offered him a four year $24 million dollar deal. Despite the reports that both sides were close, Bradley's camp decided to hold off the negotiation until after the season.

Yearly salary should be around Kevin Martin ($6.5 million) and Arron Afflalo ($7.3 million)
THIRD TIER

Nick Young

Nick Young is a terrific scorer. His mid-ranged game combined with a great first step allows him to score with ease. For all his offensive talent, Young can be a defensive liability at times.

Yearly salary should be around Courtney Lee ($5.2 million), Louis Williams ($5.2 million), Jamal Crawford ($5.2 million), and JR Smith ($5.6 million)

Rodney Stuckey

Rodney Stuckey has the ability to play both point guard and shooting guard similar to Bradley. Stuckey however has a more refined game offensively with the ability to get to the basket or shoot mid range.

Yearly salary should be around Courtney Lee ($5.2 million), Louis Williams ($5.2 million), Jamal Crawford ($5.2 million), and JR Smith ($5.6 million)
Vince Carter

Although he's not the same player he once was or even close to it, Vince Carter still finds ways to score. Without his freakish athleticism, Carter relies mostly on shooting and craftiness.

Yearly salary should be around his current salary ($3.2 million)

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