The deadline to extend third-year players with a contract extension came and went last night. Avery Bradley and the Celtics were unable to come to terms on an extension, according to a report from Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
#celtics and Avery Bradley unable to agree to framework of 4-year deal, according to source. he will be a restricted free agent next summer
— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) November 1, 2013
Several other players, including Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz failed to come to terms on an extension with their respective clubs last night, meaning all of those players will hit the market next summer as restricted free agents, including Bradley. Should this news come as a surprise? Not so much, if you are a reader of CelticsHub.
Here was my analysis of the situation earlier this week:
Tom and Michael have covered this at length, so I’ll be brief here, while encouraging you to check out both of those posts. Long story short on this one for me: unless Ainge can find some Kendrick Perkins type-value (back, you know, when he could move) when he inked the center for a four-year 16 million dollar deal back in 2006, I don’t think we see Avery getting his extension. Bradley has his share of question marks, but he’s an elite NBA defender right now, which is more than you could say for Perk when he signed his deal.
I can’t see Ainge willing to commit more than 5-6 million per year to Bradley right now, and Avery’s agents know that with a breakout season, he’s likely to command more than that on the open market.
Decision: Possible, but unlikely to see extension.
Right move by the Celtics in my estimation. In some other housekeeping news, the C’s also passed on an extension for Jordan Crawford (shocker!). The team picked up their option on Jared Sullinger for next season, while passing on Marshon Brooks’ option, meaning he will hit the market as a free agent next season and now serves as another expiring contract for Danny Ainge to work with.
So what say you guys? Did the C’s make the right move in not extending Bradley?