Updates from Friday, Jan. 31
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston, Bradley expects to return on Sunday after practicing Friday:
The Celtics' official Twitter feed provided more insight on the guard's status:
Jeff Green on Avery Bradley in practice: "He looked good. He looked a little rusty obv after the time off, but he looked good and in shape."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 31, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 22
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe has an update on Avery Bradley's status:
NBA source said Avery Bradley will miss a "couple of weeks" with sprained right ankle. Time off also allows AB to heal sore rt hand #celtics— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) January 22, 2014
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley exited his team's Jan. 21 game against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena with a sprained right ankle.
ESPN.com's Michael Wallace reported the news and indicated that Bradley would not return for the remainder of the contest:
Sprained right ankle for Avery Bradley. Will not return.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) January 22, 2014
After the game Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe provided an update:
Stevens said he doesn't expect Avery Bradley to play tomorrow vs. washington. Bradley sprained his ankle tonight.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 22, 2014
The 23-year-old was a first-round pick by Boston in the 2010 NBA draft and is an excellent perimeter defender. Under first-year head coach Brad Stevens, Bradley is undertaking a larger role than he has in the past for the retooled Celtics rotation.
That has resulted in Bradley averaging a career-high 14.8 points per game—second on the team behind athletic swingman Jeff Green.
With the promise he's displayed this season to date, the dynamic guard will hopefully return to the hardwood soon. Boston did not offer Bradley a contract extension earlier this season despite being in talks for a new four-year deal, per the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.
That leaves Bradley eligible for restricted free agency once the offseason hits. Now that superstar point guard Rajon Rondo has returned to the fold, it will be interesting to see how Bradley adjusts.
Bradley's chemistry with Rondo and form for the remainder of the season will likely go a long way in determining his future with the franchise.