Avery Bradley is set to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Does he have a place in the Celtics backcourt of the future? Kyle Draper and Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix discuss.
"I’m not sure really if [Rajon Rondo-Avery Bradley] is the backcourt of the future for the Celtics," says Mannix. "I think certainly Avery Bradley deserves to be brought back [and] deserves to be given a multi-year contract; something in the neighborhood of $7-9 million per season."
Bradley has played well when healthy with the Celtics, but still has room to grow.
"I think the jury is still out on whether or not Avery Bradley is a legitimate starting 2-guard on a team that wants to win a championship," says Mannix. "I think he can absolutely be in the rotation. Absolutely be a third guard or a fourth guard in that mix. But a starting two-guard offensively; I’m still not entirely convinced that he’s that guy yet. Maybe down the line he’s going to develop into it, but right now, still the jury’s out."
So what can Bradley expect on the open market?
"He’s probably going not going to get as much as Lance Stevenson in Indiana, but he’s probably going to get as much, if not more, than Evan Turner," says Mannix. "He’s a legitimate guy who should be in your rotation, but I guess I still want to see a little bit more out of Bradley before I label him the starter on the next generation of Celtics championship teams."