|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 25, 2013 at 5:10 AM|
Tuesday felt like were in full swing into the NBA season. With a week to go until camp, Ainge has come out of hiding. He spoke about Rondo, Sully, his two bigs, and Avery Bradley. I posted Tuesday about all Rondo topics. So let's touch on Ainge's other comments.
OLYNYK, FAVERANI AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS: Celtics rookie first-round pick Kelly Olynyk did not participate in the summer camp for the Canadian national men's team due to a lingering case of plantar fasciitis, but Ainge said the 13th overall pick is doing better as camp nears. "Kelly had some plantar fasciitis and a little back tightness," said Ainge. "But he’s fine now, he’s playing, he’s working out everyday. He should be fine for training camp." Another of Boston's rookies -- Brazilian center Vitor Faverani -- is also battling the painful foot inflammation. "Vitor’s been working hard," said Ainge. "He also has a little of plantar fasciitis, so he doesn’t do a lot of the extra conditioning. He does a lot where, he’s got his own conditioning, he doesn’t condition with the team as much. He has been playing, he’s a very talented player. And what we saw from Vitor, even before he got here, we have had no surprises."
So what about Avery?
The Boston Celtics have until Oct. 31 to work out a contract extension with 2010 first-round pick Avery Bradley, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Tuesday that nothing is imminent and that the sides will likely wait until after the season to revisit.
"We may talk in October, but most likely next summer," said Ainge.
In recent weeks, John Wall, Larry Sanders, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins have all worked out extensions ahead of the Halloween buzzer. Bradley, the 19th overall pick in 2010, is set to earn $2.5 million in the fourth year of his rookie pact, but would be a restricted free agent if Boston extends a $3.6 million qualifying offer. That could put Boston at risk of having a deep-pocketed bidder steal away their defensive ace.
The Celtics must decide if Bradley is a player they envision building around -- and at what price. Ainge hinted that this season is important for Bradley to show how he blends in new coach Brad Stevens' system and pairs in the backcourt with Rajon Rondo. At the start of the 2013-14 campaign, it's likely that Bradley will serve as point guard while Rondo rehabs from ACL surgery, but Stevens offered high praise for Bradley.
I still don't know how much Bradley is worth. Is he worth Bass money, or Green money? How about the middle? I would have to say that Bradley is worth about 5-6 million a season right now.