BOSTON (CBS) — Avery Bradley is staying in Boston.
The Boston Celtics have reached a new deal with the restricted free agent, according to The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett. The Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes is reporting the deal is worth $32 million over four years.
The 23-year-old Bradley is coming off a strong season in which he averaged career-highs with 14.9 points, 3.8 rebounds per contest in 60 games. He shot 44 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three-point range last season.
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While the four-year veteran is best known for his tenacious defense, he led the Celtics in scoring in 17 games and recorded 20 or more points in 16 contests in 2013.
Bradley’s biggest issue has always been staying healthy, as he missed 22 games last season with a bad ankle. He also missed 31 games in 2012 while recovering from double shoulder surgery that ended his season during the Celtics 2011-12 postseason run.
Earlier this week, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke about how he views Bradley as a key piece to Boston’s rebuilding process.
“I think Avery can be a very key player in us winning the championship,” Ainge said Monday. “He does things that other players can’t do and his shooting continues to improve. We’ve all seen in the past his terrific defensive abilities. I think Avery’s a big part of this.”
The Celtics now have a nice collection of guards for their back court, with Rajon Rondo and Bradley along with recent first-round draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young.
Bradley was Boston’s first-round pick, 19th overall, in the 2011 NBA draft.
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