Will Avery Bradley be back? At what cost?

Jared Wickerham

Yup, this topic again.

Seems like we cover this topic pretty frequently, but it is very relevant when entering the draft and soon enough the free agency period will be upon us.  So let's look at the latest rumors out there.

2014 NBA Draft: Mock Draft 4.0 - NBA - SI.com

The Celtics have a decision to make with restricted free agent Avery Bradley, who could command a contract in the neighborhood of $7 million to $9 million per year, according to rival executives.

Boston Celtics rumors 2014: Avery Bradley could command between $7 million and $9 million per season, according to report | masslive.com

Three league sources agreed during separate conversations with MassLive.com that $6 million per season sounds about fair, but all it would take is one team willing to pay more. The Celtics reportedly offered an extension worth four years and $24 million before the season, but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement and Bradley went on to average a career-best 14.9 points.

So we're talking about a floor of around $6 million and maybe up to as much as $9 million.  That's a pretty wide range and it might come down to number of years, player options vs. guaranteed money, and stuff like that.

The Celtics have the right to match any offer, but if they take a player like Marcus Smart (and don't trade Rondo) then there would be less urgency to shell out the big bucks to retain Bradley.  They could let him walk and save the cap space, or they could work out some kind of sign and trade with him.

Should be an interesting few weeks for Avery.

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