Celtics' Bradley: 'Obviously I want to be [in Boston]'

Celtics' Bradley: 'Obviously I want to be [in Boston]'
June 30, 2014, 1:15 pm
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BOSTON — Avery Bradley's future with the Boston Celtics officially becomes somewhat unclear at midnight when the 6-foot-2 guard becomes a restricted free agent.

Boston announced on Monday that Bradley has been extended a qualifying offer, worth $3.58 million, which makes him a restricted free agent.

He is expected to garner interest from a number of teams during the process, but on Monday he reiterated that his preference when this process concludes is to remain a Celtic.

"I try not to think about anything I can't control," Bradley said from his basketball camp on the UMass-Boston campus. "I know everything will work out. Obviously I want to be here."

The Celtics were looking to ink him to a four-year, $24 million extension which included the final year not being fully guaranteed.

Bradley's next deal will likely have an average salary around $7 million.

Since the season ended, Bradley has increased his weight to about 200 pounds. And in an effort to maintain his agility and athleticism, he said he has began doing yoga more regularly.

In addition to working on his body, Bradley has also been working on his game - his 3-point shooting specifically.

He'll be doing that during the season as well, although it won't be the same since assistant coach Ron Adams left for an assistant coaching job at Golden State.

Not only did Bradley lose an assistant coach and friend, but he also lost a neighbor.

"Golden State is so lucky to have a guy like that," Bradley said.

And while he understands there's a chance that he will be playing elsewhere, Bradley continues to say whenever he gets a chance that he wants to stand pat.

"Boston is my home now," Bradley said.