Pros and Cons of Boston Celtics Exploring Avery Bradley Trade

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Pros and Cons of Boston Celtics Exploring Avery Bradley Trade
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An up-and-down postseason brings about question marks for Bradley's future.

At this stage of the NBA offseason, the Boston Celtics can have no untouchable players. Things are in such a state of flux right now that even an asset as valuable as Avery Bradley must be considered tradeable.

Bradley is held in considerably high regard around Boston. While he isn't viewed quite as highly among the rest of the league, Bradley is certainly a player most would love to have.

The 22-year-old who has already made an All-Defensive team and started 16 playoff games after just three seasons in the league owns an impressive resume. However, Bradley has struggled to gain footing as an offensive player, which the shooting guard position tends to call for. There have been glimpses of competency there, but mostly by virtue of hustle and quality point guard play.

Bradley has also already had surgery on both shoulders to repair a pesky dislocation problem. The 22-year-old with all that talent gets knocked down a peg or two when you consider that he missed 32 games last season and 10 playoff games the year before due to injury.

There are technically two years remaining on Bradley's rookie contract. This upcoming year is guaranteed at $2.5 million, and then Boston will tender a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent next summer. The Celtics hope to have plenty of cap room at that time to give their shooting guard a raise and extension, but the possibility is there that they lose him if the bidding gets too high.

So, when teams come calling about Bradley's availability this summer, general manger Danny Ainge will have to weigh his options before responding.

Get your yellow legal pads ready. It's pros and cons time!

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