Celtics’ Bradley fires agent, is reportedly unhappy with contract
The NBA’s rising salary cap makes just about every player’s current contract look like a bargain. Arguably no team has more examples than the Boston Celtics, who hold Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and Amir Johnson to extremely team-friendly deals.
Avery Bradley’s situation is equally great for the team, and despite being their third-highest paid player, the starting shooting guard recently changed agents, indicating he’s unhappy with his compensation.
Here’s the Boston Globe with more:
Avery Bradley has changed agents from Mitchell Butler of the Rival Sports Group to Rob Pelinka, who also represents Kobe Bryant. Butler was able to procure the oft-injured Bradley a four-year, $32 million contract extension last summer, considered an above-market deal. Now Bradley is apparently unhappy with his contract, especially after seeing players such as Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton (five years, $70 million), Utah’s Gordon Hayward (four years, $61 million), and Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (five years, $82 million) cash in with lucrative extensions, making Bradley’s deal appear to be a bargain with the new television money increasing the salary cap this summer.
Bradley is underpaid, but so are hundreds of other players around the league. When the Celtics initially signed him to this deal, the numbers were met with criticism. At the time, Bradley was an undersized, injury-prone off guard who couldn’t dribble, drive, pass or shoot.
I like Avery Bradley but 4 yrs/32m scares me. He's 23 with 2 shoulder surgeries + one ankle surgery already. Not sure he can stay on court.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 2, 2014
But Boston bet on his defense, age and work ethic. They figured he would improve through the life of his contract, and they were right. He’s a solid-to-good outside shooter now, who, on occasion, will attack the basket.
Bradley will be 28 years old the next time he hits unrestricted free agency, so a much larger payday is coming. He just needs to be patient.