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And while no one knows how the Celtics and their rebuilding efforts will play out, Bradley reiterated to CSNNE.com that he wants to be part of it.
“Of course this is where I want to be,” Bradley told CSNNE.com in a phone interview on Thursday. “I’ve been in Boston for four years and I love it; I love the fans, the front office. I definitely want to be back.”
There’s no mistaking Bradley’s loyalty to the Celtics franchise and this city. That’s why he’ll have multiple basketball camps in Boston this summer for the first time.
But Bradley has seen how business often trumps loyalty in the NBA.
Yup, business trumps loyalty, and that’s a 2-way street. The Celtics could just as easily trade him over the summer as he could accept a deal too rich for the Celtics’ blood. In fact, Avery Bradley’s value is one of the least-agreed upon topics for many Celtics fans.
What’s he worth? $4 million? $8 million? More? Less? And how long is the contract?
We’ve talked about Avery Bradley a million times. We’ve tried to put a number on what he’s worth. We know he loves playing here and the Celtics would love to keep him… at the right price, of course. We know he’s a top-notch defender who plays SO much better when he’s next to Rajon Rondo… and healthy. He’s show streaks of amazing shooting, finishing the year just under 40% from 3.
I’m not worried about Bradley’s size, because he’s negated that in the past with insane ball pressure. I’m not worried about his shooting, because eventually others will be asked to do the scoring and Bradley’s scoring won’t be AS important. I like him in Boston. I think he works here and with Rondo. And I think he can be part of a winning starting backcourt.
I also don’t think he’s irreplaceable, so you can’t throw too much money at the guy. If the C’s can go back to their $6 million per year offer for 2 or 3 years, I’d be happy with that. It’d be a hell of a raise for Bradley and it’d give him a few years to prove that he’s durable enough to make a longer term commitment.
I hope he stays, but like him, I get it… business trumps loyalty.
Page 2: Kevin Garnett just can’t quit the NBA
Garnett declined to talk to reporters both after the Nets’ final loss of the season to the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and during the locker room cleanout the following afternoon.
Still, all indications have been — despite the drop in production this season — Garnett will be back in Brooklyn for what would be the 20th season of his stellar NBA career. The fact is $12 million is an awful lot of money – no matter how much you’ve made in the past – and after playing much, much better over the final few months of the season, it would be easy to see Garnett agreeing to rejoin Pierce for one final season in Brooklyn before riding off into the sunset next summer.
The bigger question is what role Garnett would play on next season’s squad. This season proved Garnett has outlived the ability to effectively play power forward in the NBA. Having had so much success after switching to a smallball lineup, the Nets are left with a decision to make about how to deploy Garnett – assuming he does come back.
I’m going to play the same game everyone else plays in this situation:
Kevin Garnett just wrapped up his 19th year in the NBA. Over that amount of time, KG has earned in NBA salary alone, more than $300 million dollars. That is basically like saying that at 19-years-old, KG hit the $320 million dollar Powerball jackpot and has been receiving the winnings over 20 years and he’s just been playing basketball since then.
On top of that, Garnett has earned enough in endorsements to put his overall earnings probably past the half a Billion dollar range.
But $12 million is $12 million. So the assumption is he’ll be back for his final year.
Of course, the New York Post hasn’t been the bastion of good journalism. They are basically saying nothing concrete here. “All indications” is a fun way of saying “We have no f’ing clue, but no one has told us otherwise.” And they drop the “assuming he does come back” at the end just to hammer home that they’re just guessing here.
But it’s not a bad guess. KG is loyal, so him leaving before the contract expires runs counter to how he’s been. He’s also not one to turn down $12 million (who is?), so it’s a fair assumption.
But as I’ve said in other areas, I wouldn’t be shocked if Garnett told the Nets he wants a buyout so he can “quit,” and then resurface sometime in March for a run with Doc Rivers in LA.
Which brings me to the little “Pierce” nugget they dropped in there. I don’t believe Pierce wants back in Brooklyn. I’d be surprised to see it happen. I don’t think he’s interested at all.
All indications are he’s leaving Brooklyn. I think he’s going to get courted by the Clippers in a big way, assuming he does leave.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Celtics values range wide | Olynyk earns rookie honor | Globe: Celtics begin summer league play July 5 | Malden’s Nerlens Noel plans to hit floor in Orlando summer league | Cuban’s comments on racism are refreshingly honest | CSNNE: Wiggins vs. Maxwell: the great debate on what the Celtics should do | Welsh: what it would take to land Kevin Love | Olynyk not paying attention to trade rumors | ESPN Boston: Hot Button: Love affair | Olynyk tops all rookie second team | TrueBoston: Is the lottery the C’s ticket? | WEEI: Weekly draft watch: C’s will pick from a worthy group of 4