Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Report: Avery Bradley unhappy with his contract

Celtics guard Avery Bradley is reportedly unhappy with his current contract and has hired Kobe Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka.

According to Boston Globe's Gary Washburn, Bradley fired his former agent Mitchell Butler of Rivals Sports group because he thinks he deserves a better deal. Bradley inked a four-year, $32 million deal in 2014.

"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." [Boston Globe]

Celtics obviously signed Bradley to the new contract before anyone knew about the NBA's new TV deal. At the time, a lot of people thought the Celtics overpaid Bradley. He was viewed as a great perimeter defender whose offense wasn't up to par for a deal that lucrative.

Now that Bradley has emerged as the Celtics' second best scorer and the team's best two-way player, Bradley is hoping he can ink a new deal under new management.

However, there isn't much he can do right now. Bradley is locked into his four-year deal and the Celtics cannot restructure or extend his contract until the end of the 2016-17 season, according the league's CBA.

When that time comes, expect Bradley to sign a hefty deal whether it's with the Celtics or somewhere else.

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