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Saturday, 12 April 2014 19:07

Alex Kennedy: Expect Avery Bradley Back in Boston; He "Loves Boston"

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Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders recently spoke with Avery Bradley.  He feels he will likely remain a member of the Boston Celtics.


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There's been a lot of talk regarding numerous members of the Boston Celtics, and their futures with the team.  Will Boston build around Rajon Rondo? Will they let go of veterans such as Brandon Bass or Kris Humphries? Will Jared Sullinger and/or Kelly Olynyk be pivotal pieces in a trade to nab another big name player?

Well, how about free-agent-to-be Avery Bradley? There are a lot of questions regarding him as well.

Alex Kennedy, NBA Insider of Basketball Insiders, spoke to Bradley recently about his future with the team.  And from everything he's gathered -- he feels Bradley will be back.

"He does want to stay in Boston.  He loves Boston, he's hoping he can stay there.  And I think Boston will keep him" Kennedy told CLNS Radio's Celtics Beat podcast on Saturday.

Kennedy feels that the two sides couldn't agree over the previous summer on a contract extension because Boston was worried about outbidding themselves.  A likely strategy they will be allow to let the market set Bradley's value.

"They're going to let some other team come in and make an offer and then from there they can go ahead and match it.  And that way they aren't giving him so crazy offer when no other team was going to go that high.

[Bradley] is a very attractive asset.  If you have him locked up, not only can you trade him, but he can be a part of this team going forward.  So I think Bradley is probably staying in Boston.  It's just a matter of him going out and finding an offer sheet and [Boston] can match it."

While Bradley's future with Boston seems a little straightforward in Kennedy's mind.  Jeff Green's on the other hand, is a bit murkier.  Kennedy feels Green will opt out of his contract following next season, and Boston will be in no rush to retain him.

Kennedy also discussed other possibilities for the Celtics this off-season including Kevin Love, Omer Asik, as well as of course, Rajon Rondo's future.

To listen to the whole interview, click the media player below:

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