Avery Bradley not concerned about trade rumors
With the NBA draft in the rear view mirror, teams are beginning to shift their focus to the ever exciting adventure that is free agency.
With big names on the market, such as Gordon Hayward, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin, and certain players being made available for trade, such as Paul George, teams are clamoring to make adjustments in order to acquire talent. The Celtics are a team that seems to be at the forefront of every major rumor surfacing this summer.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Avery Bradley gave his thoughts on the offseason.
“One thing I do know is that our front office, they do a great job. Danny Ainge, the coaching staff, the owners, they do a great job of getting the right guys in here. I’m confident they’ll [do] whatever’s best for the Celtics. … I know there could be some changes, there might not be, but I do know they are going to make the best decisions for our team.” Bradley told reporters.
While players generally avoid specifics in regards to players they would want joining their team, Bradley did let it be known that there are players out there he would like to play with.
“Of course I would like to play with some guys, … but at the end of the day, I think [the front office is] hired to be in that position for a reason.” Bradley said.
When asked if the front office ever asks for his opinion, Bradley said they do.
“Sometimes they do, and I give a little bit, but… I try not to worry about it too much because its out of my control at the end of the day,” he said.
With the future of this Celtics team uncertain, Bradley gave insight into how the close the current team has become, speaking towards their team group chat and how much they have grown together.
“It’s funny. … Of course you get your random texts from Amir [Johnson] at 1 a.m., like a joke or something,” Bradley said. “No, it’s funny, man. It shows how close we are. The bond that we’ve been able to build over the past few years. It’s cool, man.” said Bradley. “It’s a reminder of how we’ve been able to grow as a team. Every single text you get, it’s like everybody is responding to each other. It’s like we’re a big family, so it’s cool.”
Bradley’s situation has become a tricky one for the Celtics brass.
With his current contract concluding at the end of the 2017-18 season, and the fact he will likely be demanding a max contract, his future with the Celtics becomes unclear.
As a result, his name is commonly floated around when trade rumors are discussed. Regardless, Bradley, who has shown steady improvement with each year in the league, let reporters know that his focus this offseason will be on improving his finishing at the rim.
The 6-foot-2 guard finished the 2016-17 season shooting 61.7 percent at the rim, 57.6 percent on lay-ups.
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