Celtics exercise fourth-year option for Bradley

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Celtics exercise fourth-year option for Bradley

MIAMI Avery Bradley got a bit of good news on Tuesday when the Boston Celtics informed him that they would be picking up their fourth-year option on his contract.

In doing so, Bradley is now signed with the C's through the 2013-2014 season.

"I'm definitely grateful," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "I have to continue working, and be ready for this season."

Bradley, selected by the C's in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, is currently out while recovering from surgery to both of his shoulders.

He is on target to return to the C's lineup sometime in December.

Bradley said the series of injuries he has had with the Celtics made him somewhat unsure if the C's would pick up the fourth year on his rookie contract which will pay him 2.5 million during the 2013-2014 season.

"But I always work hard, so I was hoping that Danny would pick it up," Bradley said. "I was happy. My mom was happy. I just have to continue to work and keep getting better."

Despite his injuries, Bradley worked his way into the starting lineup last season ahead of Ray Allen (now with the Miami Heat).

The move not only put the league on notice as to Bradley's value to the Celtics. But in retrospect, it would be one of the many tangible factors in Allen's decision to sign with the Miami Heat this past summer despite the Celtics offering twice as much money for what would have been a similar role coming off the bench.

For now, Bradley's focus is on getting his body strong enough to get back on the floor and display the tough, on-the-ball defense that made him a fan favorite of the Celtics - and an annoying pest to opponents.

"I'm getting better," Bradley said. "But I'm not satisfied. Like I said, I just have to keep working, keep getting better, listen to my coaches and my teammates and everything will work out for me."

Red Sox place Benintendi (knee) on 15-day DL

Red Sox place Benintendi (knee) on 15-day DL

BOSTON - The Red Sox have placed outfielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list after he sustained a sprained knee while running the bases in a 4-3 loss to the Rays on Wednesday night. 

Benintendi had an MRI on the knee and the Red Sox medical staff will review the results when the team returns to Boston. Chris Young started in left field for the day game against the Rays on Thursday and infielder Marco Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

More to come…

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

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