Avery Bradley dip into the waters of restricted free agency didn’t last long.

Bradley, who was tended a qualifying offer of $3.6 million for next season on Monday, has re-signed with the Celtics on a long-term deal just one day into restricted free agency, according to a report from the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.

According to the Boston Globe’s Baxter Holmes, Bradley was signed to a four-year deal worth $32 million.

Bradley became a restricted free agent on Tuesday when the Celtics made their offer on Monday.

‘€œAvery’€™s a big part of our future,’€ Ainge said on Monday when asked about wanting to re-sign Bradley. ‘€œI think that you, obviously, need three guards who are going to play a significant amount of minutes.

‘€œI think Avery could be a very key player in us winning the championship. He does things that other players can’€™t do. His shooting continues to improve. We have all see in the past his terrific defensive abilities. I think he’€™s a big part of us.’€

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

The Celtics began their two-a-day workouts Tuesday, leading up to Saturday’s opener of the Orlando Summer League in central Florida.

On Tuesday, the team announced the roster that will take part and released the five-game schedule.

The Celtics began their two-a-day workouts Tuesday, leading up to Saturday’s opener of the Orlando Summer League in central Florida.

On Tuesday, the team announced the roster that will take part and released the five-game schedule.

First round picks Marcus Smart and James Young will join current Celtics Kelly Olynyk, Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb as members of the Celtics entrant to the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League. They are joined on the roster by 2013 Celtics draft pick Colton Iverson, European veterans O.D. Anosike, Dairis Bertans, Edwin Jackson and rookie free agents Mike Moser, Devin Oliver and Daniel Coursey.

The team will be coached by assistant Jay Larranaga, a routine procedure in Summer League as GM Danny Ainge and head coach Brad Stevens sit back and observe.

The Celtics’€™ first game in the Summer League will be Saturday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. ET when they take on the Miami Heat. The Celtics’€™ five-game schedule in Orlando continues with match-ups against the Indiana Pacers on July 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET, the Detroit Pistons on July 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Orlando Magic on July 10 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The final game is TBD on Friday July 11 and will be determined by the league standings. Under the format, each team will play five games over the seven-day event, with a championship day being played on the final day of the league.

A point system will establish the standings leading up to the final day, with eight points awarded each game based on: four points for winning the game and one point for winning a quarter (in the event of a tied quarter, each team will receive 0.5 points). In the event of ties in seeding heading into championship day, three tiebreakers will be in place: 1) total point differential; 2) total points allowed; 3) coin flip. For more information throughout the Summer League, log onto Celtics.com.

Celtics Summer League Roster

60 O.D. Anosike F/C 6′€™8 240 Siena/SIG Strasbourg (France)

52 Chris Babb G/F 6′€™5 225 Iowa State/Boston Celtics (NBA)

46 Dairis Bertans G 6′€™4 183 Latvia/Bilbao Basket (Spain)

63 Daniel Coursey F/C 6′€™10 220 Mercer

37 Colton Iverson C 7′€™0 255 Colorado State/Besiktas (Turkey)

47 Edwin Jackson G 6′€™3 201 France/ASVEL (France)

12 Chris Johnson G/F 6′€™6 201 Dayton/Boston Celtics (NBA)

56 Mike Moser F 6′€™8 210 Oregon

57 Devin Oliver F 6′€™7 225 Dayton

41 Kelly Olynyk F 7′€™0 238 Gonzaga/Boston Celtics (NBA)

26 Phil Pressey G 5′€™11 175 Missouri/Boston Celtics (NBA)

36 Marcus Smart G 6′€™4 220 Oklahoma State

13 James Young G/F 6′€™6 215 Kentucky

Summer League Head Coach: Jay Larranaga

Athletic Trainer: Ed Lacerte

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Bryan Doo

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

With NBA free agency opening Tuesday, we continue our annual examination of the options available to the Celtics at each position. Today’s focus: Centers. Unlike recent seasons, C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is expected to have more flexibility than any summer since 2007 when the league’s moratorium on free agent signings is lifted and the salary cap (an estimated $63.2 million) is officially set on July 10.

The Celtics have eight players under guaranteed contracts in 2014-15 for $48.5 million (Rajon Rondo $12.9M; Gerald Wallace $10.1M; Jeff Green $9.2M; Brandon Bass $6.9M; Joel Anthony $3.8M; Vitor Faverani $2.1M; Kelly Olynyk $2.1M; Jared Sullinger $1.4M) as well as $4.1 million in cap holds for first-round picks Marcus Smart and James Young. Pending decisions on or by Kris Humphries, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless, the C’s could have as much as $10 million in cap space — or more if they use the stretch provision on Wallace.

Considering Faverani and Anthony are the only true centers on the roster, the Celtics should have every free agent 5 on their radar. Last year’s second-round pick, Colton Iverson, who played in Turkey this past season, is another option, but the C’s need a legitimate rim protector if they have any hope of making the playoffs this winter.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at their options, separating the current free agents into three categories.


Not only are the C’s lacking a starting 5 of any note, we’re now going on Year 4 in the search to replace Kendrick Perkins – and even he was more myth than Celtics legend. The current free agent crop, as usual, offers few realistic solutions in the paint, only stressing the importance of finding a rim protector at all costs.

Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe


Status: Restricted

2013-14: 2,690 min, 15.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg, 53.1 TS%, 18.1 PER

Why? The 6-foot-11, 253-pound southpaw has been a reliable force in the middle since entering the league in 2010, playing all but three games in his career.

Why not? As sound as he’s been, Monroe’s not an All-Star. Still, in order to pry him from the Pistons, it would take a max deal, and Detroit still might match it.


Status: Unrestricted

2013-14: 2,655 min, 13.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 bpg, 56.8 TS%, 17.6 PER

Why? The C’s interest in Gortat dates back to his days in Phoenix, and the Polish Hammer arguably enjoyed the best season of his career for the Wizards this past winter. The interest also appears to be me mutual.

Why not? The Wiz are intent on keeping Gortat, and he’ll also be linked to every team in need of a center (Miami?). Past his 30th birthday, he made $7.7 million last season and should make even more this winter.


Status: Unrestricted

2013-14: 2,470 min, 13.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 bpg, 55.4 TS%, 15.7 PER

Why? Hawes shot 41.6 percent on 308 3-point attempts for the 76ers and Cavaliers in 2013-14, bringing a floor spreading element that Celtics coach Brad Stevens covets. The 7-footer also had his best year on the boards.

Why not? If it’s rim protection you seek, Hawes isn’t exactly Shaquille O’Neal in the paint. While he brings an attractive offensive element, he’s a big body who doesn’t exactly play like one opposite physical centers.

HOMELESS MEN: Channing Frye (2,312 min, 11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 55.5 TS%, 13.2 PER); Chris Andersen (1,396 min, 6.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 68.3 TS%, 18.5 PER); Jermaine O’Neal (883 min, 7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 57.0 TS%, 15.3 PER); Chris Kaman (736 min, 10.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 bpg); Emeka Okafor (2,052 min, 9.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 bpg, 49.6 TS%, 15.8 PER).


If finding a starting center is so difficult, just imagine how hard it is to find a legitimate backup. Hence, Anthony’s $3.8 million salary. The Celtics have spent the past several seasons forcing natural 4′s into the 5 spot, but perhaps they’d be better suited investing in a less expensive 7-footer, whatever the risk.

Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum


Status: Unrestricted

2013-14: 516 min, 8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg, 45.6 TS%, 15.2 PER

Why? There’s a reason the Cavaliers and Pacers have taken a risk on Bynum despite his apparent apathy: He’s a 26-year-old who once averaged 19 and 12.

Why not? He missed an entire season in Philly (knee), got traded from Cleveland (immaturity) and sat out Indiana’s final 11 games (knee). Need we say more?


Status: Unrestricted

2013-14: 1,007 min, 2.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 58.4 TS%, 9.7 PER

Why? After his surprising run with the Celtics in 2011-12, Ainge would have gladly brought the 7-foot shot blocker back for another season had the Timberwolves not offered a contract the C’s couldn’t possibly match.

Why not? Even in Boston, Stiemsma battled nagging injuries, and a strained MCL cost him 27 games for the Pelicans this season. He’s been waived by Minnesota and New Orleans in the span of nine months.


Status: Unrestricted

2013-14: 212 min, 2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 56.7 TS%, 12.4 PER

Why? In much the same way teams still hand over millions to Bynum, it’s hard not to hold out hope the former No. 1 overall pick will reach his potential if he can stay on the floor. And he’s still only 26.

Why not? The 7-footer spent three seasons sitting with a series of knee injuries, and he averaged just 9.2 minutes over 23 appearances for a Heat team that desperately could’ve used a healthy Oden’s services this past season.

HOMELESS MEN: Gustavo Ayon (429 min, 4.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 50.5 TS%, 12.9 PER); Lavoy Allen (1,072 min, 4.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 47.0 TS%, 12.5 PER).


Either not worth the asking price or not worth any price, these guys are a dime a dozen and wouldn’t be an upgrade over Faverani or any available center at the league minimum. Thanks, but no thanks.

Cole Aldrich: 330 min, 2.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 62.0 TS%, 19.1 PER
Aron Baynes: 491 min, 3.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 46.7 TS%, 9.7 PER
Andris Biedrins: 45 min, 0.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 41.2 TS%, 2.4 PER
Marcus Camby: 250 min, 1.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 34.2 TS%, 8.6 PER
Jason Collins: 172 min, 1.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 48.5 TS%, 4.1 PER
Aaron Gray: 355 min, 1.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 46.6 TS%, 7.8 PER
Ryan Hollins: 482 min, 2.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 73.0 TS%, 11.9 PER
Bernard James: 146 min, 0.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 50.3 TS%, 8.5 PER
Nazr Mohammed: 562 min, 1.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 44.5 TS%, 10.1 PER

The Celtics simply cannot enter this season with Faverani, Anthony and Iverson manning the middle and have any chance of emerging from the lottery. Obviously, Monroe would be the ideal scenario, but Ainge would have to work a bit of salary cap magic in order to free up enough space to offer him a max contract. And even then the Pistons could match their offer. Gortat and Hawes are also intriguing options, although they’ll have plenty of suitors, too.

In short, the available rim protectors are few and far between, illustrating why the Celtics would have assumed the risk in drafting Joel Embiid had he fallen to sixth in the draft order. Are Bynum and Oden worth the risk? Quite possibly. Otherwise, you’re looking at a 31-year-old Okafor or the return of the Stiemboat as potential upgrades.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

WALTHAM — It was a day for coronation.

Marcus Smart and James Young were formally indoctrinated publicly on a six-seat dais on the team’s practice facility court, five days before they head out on their first basketball excursion as formal members of the most hallowed team in the NBA.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, co-owner Steve Pagliuca and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens introduced first-round picks Smart and Young on Monday at the club’s training facility on Monday, three days after they were chosen sixth and 17th overall, respectively, last Thursday in the NBA draft.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

WALTHAM — Danny Ainge doesn’t want Avery Bradley going anywhere.

Whether that means Monday’s qualifying offer from Ainge to the fourth-year NBA guard is enough to make Bradley a permanent fixture in Boston remains to be seen.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

New Celtics guard James Young joined Middays with MFB on Monday afternoon, following his introductory press conference, and the former Kentucky standout said he’s “honored” to have been selected 17th overall. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

James Young

James Young

New Celtics guard James Young joined Middays with MFB on Monday afternoon, following his introductory press conference, and the former Kentucky standout said he’s “honored” to have been selected 17th overall. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

“I definitely wanted to come here,” Young said. “When I came out here for my last visit, me and coach [Brad Sevens] really had that connection from right there, and Danny [Ainge] was a great guy to talk to. So, this is a place that I definitely wanted to come to.

“When I got my name called I was very surprised and happy. I was just very glad that my parents got to support me. They were very happy with my choice, too. I’m glad that I landed here.”

Young said he thinks he’ll fit in at shooting guard, wing or wherever the team wants him to play.

“I’m very versatile,” he said. “Length definitely helps me. I can shoot the ball very well and come off pick and rolls, definitely a thing that I’ve been working on. But playing the 2 spot is what I’ve been playing a lot. I’m definitely good at playing the 3; that’s what I played this past season, switching off like that. I played the 1 and the 4, too, so we’ll see how that goes.”

A Michigan native who grew up rooting for the Pistons, Young said his game is comparable to that of Rockets guard James Harden, who like Young shoots left-handed.

“I feel like James Harden, his game’s just all-around good,” Young said. “He’s a great left-hander, shoots the ball very well and attacks the basket with aggressiveness, just aggressively attacks the basket. I kind of tried to [model] my game after him, just try to study his game a little bit.”

The 18-year-old said he and fellow first-round pick Marcus Smart have established a fast bond despite never having played with or against each other before.

“I feel like we’re going to connect really well on the court,” he said. “We have that connection off the court, so I definitely feel like on the court. If one of us is having a bad game and can’t get open, we’ll definitely look for each other just to get it going.”

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford joined Middays with MFB Monday afternoon to discuss his former player, Marcus Smart, who was taken by the Celtics with the sixth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.