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."