2015/16 player previews: Jae Crowder

It’s fair to say Jae Crowder and the Celtics are a match made in heaven.

After being acquired in the Rajon Rondo trade, Crowder quickly became a fan favourite in Boston with his hard work and not being afraid to do the dirty work. He signed a 5 year contract worth $35 million in the off-season, which I think will turn out to be an absolute steal.

In the playoffs, Crowder showed the basketball world what he is all about. Defending LeBron James is one of the hardest tasks in basketball and Crowder stood up to LeBron and made every Celtic fan around the world proud. LeBron is used to having it all his own way, but Crowder made it uncomfortable for him.

Crowder didn’t just have an effect on the defensive end, he was efficient on offence and showed he can bury a game-winner.

In season 2015/16 I expect Crowder to really assert himself on this team. He is a leader and he thrives on competition.

Crowder will often be defending the opposition’s best offensive player, so his work will be cut out night in, night out, but I get the feeling Crowder won’t mind that much at all.

Crowder had a good preseason and had a particularly good game against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. ‘Melo shot a woeful 4/18 from the field and Crowder was all over him. This performance was very encouraging and proved he has no ill effects from the knee injury he sustained in the final game of the season.

Get ready for some Crowdahhh in season 2015/16.

What is the best path for a Celtics rebuild?

With the trade deadline approaching, we take a look at the hard decisions in the week ahead for Danny Ainge and what path he may take for a rebuilding Celtics squad.

Since the big trade in the off-season, debate swept across Celtic nation around how this great franchise can get back to where it belongs: contending, year in year out.  Some think that the best path to rebuild is to completely bottom out, some say that free agency may be the key, whilst others think that going all in by trading away all their chips is the path to glory.

Each method has their own pros and cons, read on as we look through the options in detail.

Rebuilding through the draft

This lengthy method involves trading off most, if not all veterans (Rondo, Green, Bass, etc) whilst keeping young talent.  This would let the team completely bottom out and contend for consecutive top picks.  Philadelphia have gone this exact route this season, setting the tone by trading their young All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for a rookie (Nerlens Noel) who is coming off ACL surgery and has yet to play a single minute in the league.


Pros: If the correct players are drafted, this could potentially set a franchise up for long-term success.  There have been some teams over the years that have hit home runs with their picks.  Oklahoma City, as previously discussed, is the first team to come to mind – besides the obvious choice of drafting a transcendent talent in Kevin Durant, they followed this pick up the next year by selecting both Russell Westbrook (4th pick) and Serge Ibaka (24th pick). They then lucked out again the following year by getting James Harden with the 3rd pick.  Although Harden was traded due to financial reasons, they were still able to convert him into Jeremy Lamb, who is starting to break out for them in a solid bench role, and the rights to draft Steven Adams – who looks to be the starting centre of the future once they can find someone who will take Perk’s terrible contract on.

Portland and Golden State are two other great examples of how drafting well can set a franchise up, with both teams figured to be major players in the Wild West in the foreseeable future with young cores.

Cons: For every franchise that has successfully built through the draft, there are a few others that have not fared as well.  Some teams draft for need, possibly leaving the better player on the board (Sam Bowie/Portland anyone?), sometimes players just don’t pan out as people thought they would, and sometimes teams without any veteran presence can just be too young and lose their way.  Cleveland could check all the boxes here.  The Cavs have had a staggering four top-4 picks in the past 3 years, including two number 1 picks (not to mention the 1st pick to take LeBron back in 2003).  To put that in perspective, the Celtics have had the 1st pick once (1950), and they have only selected with the 2nd pick once (’86 – but that is too sad a story to tell).

Cleveland currently find themselves stuck in no man’s land; they want to compete in order for their young superstar in Kyrie to want to stay (cough *LeBron* cough).  If they prove incapable of shaping the roster up, they could see Kyrie bolt in free agency, taking them once again back to square 1, which is exactly how/why LeBron left the Cavs.

Clear cap space, sign free agents

From the in-season trades that Danny has executed so far, this is something that could definitely be on the cards.  The goal here is to trade/position contracts so that they can all expire within the same year, opening up enough space to sign big-time free agents.  The LA Lakers are doing just that this year – with only Kobe and Nash (likely to retire) on the books for next season.


Pros: Two words – Miami Heat.  No one was able to do what Miami has done – completely strip their roster down to nothing but their own all-star (Wade) + some minimum wage players, sign an All-Star who is also the best player in the game (I felt dirty saying that, but, fair’s fair).  Pat Riley’s master plan worked to perfection here and Miami are currently the 2-time reigning champions with a good shot at a 3-peat.

Cons: There are only a handful of teams that could get away with trying/executing this plan.  The Lakers will always attract the free agents (except Dwight – HA!) due to the celebrity lifestyle and warm climate. Miami was attractive to LeBron because he wanted to team up with Wade, and, let’s face it, Cleveland isn’t exactly a desired location.  New York was always a destination that players wanted to go to, but, this line of thinking backfired on them in the summer of ’10 as they cleared their books in anticipation of signing LeBron – how did that work out for them?  LeBron bolted for Miami, left New York scrambling to sign somebody, and made the worst contract in the league 4 years later with Amare locked up for 5 years/$100 million without insurance for his already shaky knees, whoops.  Up until this day, New York are in salary cap hell, and they are currently not even in the playoffs picture in the pathetic East.

Go all in!

This is something that us Celtics fans are quite familiar with.  Build up a boatload of assets (including expiring contracts, draft picks, and solid young players) and trade them all in for a star or two. The Celtics are once again, in prime position to do something like this in the upcoming year.


Pros: Banner #17.  The 2006/07 season is very similar to the current season with great young players, an All-Star entering his prime, and the team armed with multiple draft picks.  The Celtics were able to flip these into two Hall of Famers (on the wrong side of 30) whilst keeping our other main pieces in tact and the results were pure bliss.  Miami’s 2006 championship team achieved the same by trading their chips for Shaq, followed by Antoine Walker.

Cons: It is up to the GM to ensure the players that they are receiving fit the personnel of the team and the coaching style.  There’s no point in getting a big name player just for the sake of it.  Both New York Teams have suffered as the Knicks traded half of their team, including multiple picks just to land Melo, leaving them with an imbalanced roster.  This unfortunately now leaves them in a terrible situation – losing record, salary cap hell, and this years’s pick is owned by Denver in the Melo deal, who incidentally is coming up to free agency after this season.

Brooklyn finds itself in a similar situation; although their team is more balanced, they are an aging, injury-prone team and much like New York, they mortgaged their future for a small window for the title.  Once a team trades away multiple future firsts, and if things don’t work out –much like Brooklyn and New York– it could set up a vicious cycle where these teams keep trying to dig themselves out of a hole by trading more of their assets (young players/draft picks) for immediate help, a dangerous game to play (reference: New York in the past 13 years).

All in all, I believe the Celtics just have too many assets to just rebuild through the draft and wait for these young players to mature.  Even the greats needed help, with Cleveland gutting their team to get LeBron, only for him to leave. Tim Duncan was drafted by a San Antonio squad that already had David Robinson, Sean Elliot and Avery Johnson on their roster.  If Ainge can trade some of the vets that don’t figure to be in the long term plan such as Bass, Green, Hump (and hopefully Wallace), the Celtics will be in great shape to land a star through the draft to put next to Rondo and our budding star Sullinger – leaving the team with enough assets to get further help down the line.

I think the only way Danny goes all in with his chips is if we land a pick outside the top 5, and are unable to get one of the coveted top players in the draft this year.  This is very dependant on who is available, and how that talent will fit in with the remaining personnel, but Danny knows talent. Back in 2006, Ainge had the chance to trade for Allen Iverson who was still in his peak, but ultimately decided against it due to the price tag, and how he would have fit with Pierce, which in hindsight, was the smart move.

I believe Danny will make some moves to clear off some future salary, namely Bass and Green as he is reportedly making a run for the 2015 free agency field.  It’s likely he makes the team worse in the short term without trading any of the future core, tries to collect a top 5 pick, and then either attempts to trade for another star, or tries to sign one with the lure of Rondo + young stars.

How do you think the trade deadline will go down?  Who do you think Ainge will trade, if anyone at all?

– Dave @big_dave31

Brad Stevens – Baptism by Fire

With half of the season in the history books, we look at how Brad Stevens has performed in his first NBA season so far.

Celtics Hire Brad Stevens as Head Coach – Press release from the Boston Celtics, July 3rd, 2013

Living in Australia and following the NBA almost religiously meant that the college game has never really been high on my priority list (except in a season like the current where Boston look to be a lottery player).  So when the Celtics announced that they had signed Brad Stevens, my reaction was – who?  I thought that the next Celtics coach was Brett Brown, one of Pop’s main guys in San Antonio, and an ex-Australian Boomer national coach.  It wasn’t until further information and stories regarding his decorated college career started coming out, coupled with one of the first things he did as head coach that got me giddy about the signing.  I was impressed with coach Stevens at his introductory press conference – showing maturity beyond his years, poise, and an abundance of knowledge.

How would that equate in his transition from the college game to the pros though?  This is what everyone asked, and rightfully so after the failed Rick Pitino experiment that left so many Celtics fans (including myself) extremely bitter.  After a long line of college-to-pro coaching failures, there were certainly doubts about Stevens’ ability to be able to coach at the NBA level, with major differences both in-game rules/timing and player personnel.

Like Rick Pitino, Brad Stevens was one of the best college coaches going around prior to signing with Boston. The difference between the two situations was that Pitino was given the keys to run the franchise to the ground and coach, whilst Stevens can just focus on coaching and let Danny Ainge take care of personnel.  The relationship between the GM and coach is extremely important for any basketball franchise – why get players that would not fit into the coaches style and vice versa?  Championship #17 came with Danny and Doc collaborating perfectly together through a rebuild, now Danny is hoping for the same magic with Stevens as they share the same philosophy on scouting talent: using advanced stats and analytical data to best determine a players worth and how they can be used.


Coach Stevens’ inaugural NBA season has been anything but smooth as he has had to deal with a multitude of issues, which include:

The Piling Losses
The Celtics are on track to lose more games this season than what Stevens would have lost in 6 years at Butler – ouch.  This is all part of the ‘plan’ given the way that the roster is constructed.  Still, at only the halfway point of the season, the team has already endured 3 losing streaks with 4 or more games and that has to take its toll with both the coaching panel, and the players.  Stevens however, has been extremely patient with his young ball club, and preaches growth from each player game by game rather than living and dying in the W-L column – an approach that the players have embraced.  Despite the lack of top end talent on the roster, the players have played extremely hard for him – just look at a game recap from any of their losses where the common theme is the resiliency and fight that this team has.

Imbalanced Roster
The roster that Coach Stevens inherited was quite simply put, a mess.  He had 4 power forwards that deserved minutes, with the only true centre being a rookie and an unknown import. He also had 5 shooting guards that deserved minutes, with the only one true point guard being an undrafted rookie.  The logjam at the shooting guard position caused some friction with Courtney Lee, Keith Bogans and even MarShon Brooks, who all at different times in the season, voiced their displeasure to the media regarding their lack of playing time.  On top of all this, Rondo – the best player and final link to the Celtics’ last championship – sat out the first half of the season.

By empowering his young players and showing confidence in them, we have seen some of our youngsters take a giant leap forward, showing both improved play and leadership qualities.  His calm demeanour is something that his players certainly value highly.

Stubborn Veterans
One of the main questions asked after the hiring of Stevens was announced was how would he get along with Rondo?  Known for being extremely stubborn, being linked in altercations with both coaches and even former team mates, media pundits wondered out loud whether Rondo would will be moved.  Almost immediately after Stevens joined the Celtics, he reached out to Rondo by visiting his summer camp – by Stevens’ willingness to reach out to Rondo, they have forged a great relationship with Rondo going as far as saying that they are ‘best friends’.

To date, Stevens has proven himself more than capable of the task at hand, surprising the league with a surge early in the season that saw the Celtics atop the Atlantic division.  Even after a large win or loss, the players know that they cannot get stuck on the one game for very long, which is something he has drilled in to each and every person.

“You’re never as good as you think you are, you’re never as bad as you think you are, and you’re never far from both sides” – Brad Stevens, December the 9th, 2013 after beating the Knicks by 41 @ Madison Square Garden.

In a season that has seen so much change, Brad Stevens has proved to be the correct man to rebuild the Celtics – with both Stevens and Ainge at the helm, I have no doubt that the team is in great hands and will return to glory sooner rather than later.  What do you think of Brad Stevens?  Has he lived up to expectations so far, or has he been a disappointment, do you think he is the next great coach?

Here’s a bonus video on my personal favourite Brad Stevens moment of the season.  This is his reaction after Jeff Green hit a miracle 3 pointer with 0.6 of a second left against the defending champs in their own building.

– Dave

Winds of change: Are the C’s buying or selling?

“We are not tanking, that’s ridiculous.  This is the Boston Celtics” – Danny Ainge


When Pierce and KG were traded to the Nets (for picks and spare parts), it seemed inevitable that the Celtics were going to “tank” in the ‘13/’14 season.  With a lopsided roster and their superstar point guard rehabilitating, it only made sense to perhaps mail it in this season in hopes of landing a high lottery pick in the deep 2014 draft.  The Celtics were supposed to be sellers this season, looking to offload any of their veterans to teams that are playoff bound for picks/salary relief.  With a quarter of the season done, the Celtics has been one of the biggest surprise teams in the league, currently sitting on top of the Titanic Atlantic division.  With the way Brad Stevens has the Celtics currently playing, this poses a question for Danny Ainge during this season: are the Boston Celtics buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

After the horrid October/November schedule where the Celtics played a crazy 19 games (11 away) in 32 days with a first year NBA coach and without Rondo, they came out still standing at a surprising 7 wins and 12 losses.  After the top 2 teams, the Eastern conference is in a steep nosedive – couple that with the surprising surge the Celtics are on as of late without their best player in Rondo and you have a team that may very well contend for a low playoff spot.

A low playoff seed is where the Celtics don’t want to end up as it means most likely getting bounced out of the first round by either Indiana or Miami, and getting a pick in the mid to late teens.  Danny has never been a person to make a decision going on current form, every move is made solely for the betterment for the future of his team – he shook the foundation of the team to its core back in 2003 when he traded Antoine Walker fresh after the Celtics’ back to back playoff appearances.  He was convinced that the current roster was not championship material, so he went about to acquire assets and rebuild.   This roster is obviously not a championship contender, but, Ainge has a lot more pieces/assets to work with this time around.

There are a lot of teams that are looking for that one piece to give them a boost and the Celtics have a lot of players that fit that mould.  This is where Danny can come in as a seller.  Veterans such as a Brandon Bass, who is playing excellent basketball on a reasonable contract, would be a great pickup for many teams that are looking at either a starting or backup power forward, same could also be said about Courtney Lee at the shooting guard position.  There is also the most attractive asset on this roster – Kris Humphries’ $12m expiring contract – Kris Humphries has stepped right up lately and shown the league that he is not just a walking contract, he can be a valuable contributor too.

Why would Danny look to move these guys?  For vets like Bass and Lee, it could mean the following: freeing up court time to develop younger talent playing the same position, freeing up future cap room if we get a shorter deal in return, possibly land more draft picks to use or barter with or even getting back a younger player with potential upside.  For vets like Kris Humphries and even Keith Bogans to a lesser extent, the lure of an expiring contract could bring back prospects or a draft pick from a team desperate to get out of a crippling contract.  I haven’t bothered mentioning Gerald Wallace as it would be a miracle for us to shed his albatross of a contract without giving up anything major.


If the Eastern Conference continues to stink, at what point do teams start dismantling their roster in hopes of sinking into a top lottery pick?  If Boston continues on their current upward trend whilst gaining Rondo back from injury, with all the chips they have, the Celtics could very well become buyers.  There are a few teams where the Celtics could take advantage of their situation:

  • A team that is underachieving and has a superstar that is coming up to free agency.    Think New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony, or the Timberwolves with Kevin Love.  If these teams are convinced that their star is going to leave them high and dry in free agency, they could look to move them proactively to get some compensation back for them – imagine the James Harden trade, where OKC did just that and sent him to Houston.
  • A lowly team in the middle of the pack looking to blow it up and start from scratch.  We have already seen Toronto do this by trading Rudy Gay and making everyone except for Jonas Valančiūnas available, the Bucks or even the Hawks could be another team looking to blow it up and start from scratch.
  • Borderline contenders with assets looking for immediate help.  A team like Houston, for example, who have a big asset such as Omar Asik who they can offload for the correct package could help both us and them.

Danny Ainge has done an excellent job in gaining a number of assets, which gives him the flexibility of going many different ways.  Whether it is buying or selling, I am certain that he will be extremely patient, and will wait for exactly the right package/players that he wants.

Ultimately, I think Danny sticks with the current roster for the most part – and looks to offload some of the veterans not in the future plans for some financial relief or lower draft picks.  Having said that, with Danny Ainge you can never say never – if the right superstar is made available for the right price, expect Danny to be all over it.

What do you think Boston should do this year?  Buy, or sell?

Crawford: Player Of The Week

What a year Steez is having. The importance of finding the right situation has proven to be so true in the case of Jordan Crawford.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge acquired Crawford for an injured Leandro Barbosa and a rarely-used Jason Collins at the deadline last season. Combined, those two players contributed a total of four points, eight rebounds, four blocks, two assists and 11 personal fouls in six games for the Wizards. A few weeks ago at Celtics Down Under we explored J-Craw’s journey since his arrival in Boston, which can be read here.

It’s truly hard to believe the turnaround in Crawford’s game, from being regarded as a questionable presence in Boston’s locker room after his altercation with Carmelo Anthony in last season’s playoff exit, to being handed the keys to the C’s offense until the retrun of Rajon Rondo, topping it off with player of the week honours in the Eastern Conference for the week of December 2nd through December 8th.

NBA.com breaks down Crawford’s week:

Crawford led the Celtics to the East’s lone perfect mark on the week at 3-0, behind averages of 23.3 points (fourth in the conference) on .610 shooting from the field (sixth in the conference), 6.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds. Crawford connected on 12-of-23 three-point field goals on the week, including a career-high six makes from distance on Dec. 8, during a 114-73 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Dec. 3 vs. Milwaukee: Tallied a season-high 25 points and added five assists and two rebounds in a 108-100 win over the Bucks.

Dec. 6 vs. Denver: Posted 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds during a 106-98 win over the Nuggets.

Dec. 8 @ New York: Connected on six three-point field goals en route to 23 points, and added seven assists and three rebounds in a 114-73 win over the Knicks.

The only team to have a 100% winning record in the East for the week, and Steez played a giant part in it. This team just continues to surprise everybody, playing well enough to now be on top of the Atlantic division by 1.5 games. It’s great to see this team having so much fun, while winning at the same time. Bring on the first clash against Brooklyn!

– Michael (@mickyt34)

Another Day, Another Rondo Trade Rumour

We all know how this goes now. Team X is interested in Rondo, and they are offering a mediocre package of players X, Y and Z.  The latest comes from the NY Daily News with this nugget:

“Of course, the Knicks primary target is Rondo, Boston’s All Star point guard who is currently recovering from knee surgery. The Knicks have been trying to trade Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire in a complicated deal for Rondo but the rebuilding Celtics has yet to show much interest. Unless the Celtics are blown away with an offer it’s hard to imagine Celtics GM Danny Ainge trading his best player, Rondo, to the rival Knicks.”

I wonder what they mean by complicated? The fact that it is a horrible deal for the Celtics and they would have zero interest in being involved in this trade? Yeah, that would sure make things complicated from their end.

Danny Ainge responded to these rumours today emphatically denying any interest in parting with our 4-time All-Star point guard, calling him “the centrepiece of our future”, he then expanded – “Guys that are starting All-Star players just don’t come around. The special players, the transcendent players in our league, are very difficult to find and acquire. We believe Rondo is one of those guys. He’s a very special player. We value him a great deal.”
He finally closed with:

“What’s real is, he’s going nowhere, that’s what’s real.”

This is as strong as a statement that you will get from Danny. He is sending a message to the league – Rondo is our STAR, everyone is available at a certain price, but, do not offer garbage and expect us to jump on it. As I have touched on in a past article – unless Danny is getting blown away with an offer he cannot refuse, Rondo is not going anywhere.

Whilst the Celtics are not interested in trading Rondo for New York’s off-cuts, Chris Broussard from ESPN has tweeted the following:

This is an intriguing possibility. New York have regretted signing Amar’e to that behemoth contract ($100 million over 5 years) since the end of his first season as a Knick. Including this season, he has 2 years left ($21m this year and $23m next), he has just come off more surgery on his knees and is now placed on a strict minutes restriction. With Carmelo’s free agency pending, New York are desperate to rid themselves of Stoudemire’s contract and add some players that might make them better short term. A trade of, say – Bass, Lee, Gerald Wallace & maybe Bogans’ expiring could be enough to get it done. For New York, this is a short term move that may set them back in the longer term, as both Wallace and Lee’s contract run for an extra year after Stoudemire’s contract ends.

Whoops New York!

Why would the Celtics do this? Purely financial. In the long term, executing a trade like this will give the Celtics a boat load of cap space heading into the 2015/2016, allowing them to sign multiple max-level players in that off-season. In the short term, this frees up the logjam at both the shooting guard and power forward position, allowing the Celtics to play/develop their young players.

This would ultimately make the Celtics for this current season a weaker team – but with the potential of keeping Rondo, playing our youth, and getting a higher draft pick in a stacked draft, is that such a bad thing?

What are your thoughts on the circulating rumours? What do you think Danny Ainge should do?

What’s next for Avery Bradley?

NBA scouts agree that Avery Bradley is currently one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, but his lack of offensive consistency still remains his Achilles heel.


Expectations were extremely high on Bradley after breaking through in the lockout-shortened 2011/12 season, where he took a certain future Hall of Famer’s spot in the starting line-up and was an integral part of the Celtics’ turnaround in the 2nd half of the season.  After starting the 2012/13 season and recovering from double-shoulder surgery he had in the off-season, Bradley came back into the line-up hoping to re-capture the form he showed in the previous year. He was playing well until Rondo went down – and just like that, his role had completely changed.

After being so effective as a shooting guard when paired with Rondo, Bradley was asked to become Rondo – by manning the PG spot, he was looked upon to create his own shots, create shots for others, and still keep up the stifling defense.  All of these proved to be too much for Bradley; after struggling with both his, and the team’s offense, his defense also started to slip, culminating in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Knicks where he was torn apart by opposing guards Ray Felton and JR Smith.  In only just a year after receiving league-wide praise, serious doubts started creeping in about what Avery’s potential could be, and how much his services are worth.

As October 31st approached, it became clear that both the Celtics and Avery Bradley were not going to agree on an extension.  For Bradley, it made sense for him to wait until 2014 when he will be a restricted free agent, as not having Rondo healthy has been a major blow to his perceived value.  He has been playing out of position for nearly all of 2013, and by doing this, he has decreased his value significantly.  Once Rondo returns, Bradley will be free to go back to what he was most effective at – playing off the ball, making back door cuts, catch & shoot jump shots and becoming that pit-bull on-the-ball defender once again.

For the Celtics, they are still trying to figure out if he is a building block for the future, or trade chip to use to acquire veteran talent – so in a season where he will need to step up to a larger role, it will be interesting from the team’s perspective as to whether or not he will deliver.

There are three different scenarios that can play out for Avery Bradley over this year, I have listed these in order of probability:

1)      On the back of Rondo’s return, Avery Bradley steps out of the point guard role and steps up his game – prompting the Celtics to lock him up on a longer deal.  I believe this is the most likely to happen as Danny Ainge and the Celtics value Avery very highly.  Not many 22 year old players have an elite skill in the NBA at this age, unlike Bradley does with his perimeter defense.

2)      Fearful that Avery might get offered a substantial contract and walk next off-season, the Celtics could look to trade him to get whatever value they can get for him  (Just like what had happened when Danny traded Perkins in 2011), or include him as part of a package for an established player/star in the league.  This is a possibility, given Danny Ainge’s ability to almost robotically trade anyone on the roster at any time if he thinks it’ll make his team better.

3)      He has another average season, and does not really show much more than what we have already seen. Another team then offers him more money that what Boston are willing to pay.  If this was to happen, the Celtics could find themselves in an awkward position of wanting to keep Bradley, but, not wanting to overspend.  As unlikely as it seems, there is the slight possibility that if this did happen, he could just walk.


I think that waiting until the off-season is the correct move for both parties. For Avery, after last season his value really could only improve – and for the Celtics, they get to gauge Avery’s proper value once Boston’s *real* point guard returns.  I think ultimately, Avery stays on the team for a contract between $4-$6 million over 4 years.  If Danny Ainge is not convinced that Avery is the long term answer at shooting guard, look for him to explore some trade options to bring back a solid veteran player, or even more draft picks.

What do you think of Avery Bradley?  How much is he worth?  Is he our answer at SG or even PG?  Will he get much better?  Leave your comments below.