Report: Avery Bradley Wants $8 Million Per Year, Impending Free Agency Could Be ‘Tricky’ for Celtics

Avery Bradley, Andre Miller, Kenneth FariedAvery Bradley‘s value has always been kind of difficult to pin down, but he’s putting a premium on his abilities with restricted free agency looming.

Bradley is seeking $8 million per year in his new contract and turned down a contract extension that would have paid him roughly $6 million per year, according to Bleacher Report. The Celtics would have the opportunity to match any offer Bradley receives next summer.

Obviously, $2 million is not a massive disparity in the world of the NBA, but as a source told Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling, it could make things “tricky” in the Celtics’ attempt to re-sign Bradley. The fourth-year guard is a top-tier defender and has improved his offensive output to 13.3 points per game on 45 percent shooting this season, but his offense remains a work in progress. At $8 million, he would be the fourth-highest paid player on the Celtics next season, assuming the roster stays as is.

The deal the team offered before the season, for a reported four years and $24 million, was rejected prior to the Oct. 31 deadline. The Celtics hold a $3.6 million qualifying offer and a $6.3 million cap hold on Bradley next offseason.

Bradley is making $2.5 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.

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