Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is reportedly not happy with his current four-year, $32 million contract he signed in 2014 with the help of agent Mitchell Butler, per the Boston Globe (h/t Matt Moore of CBSSports.com).
The 25-year-old has since hired a new agent, Rob Pelinka, but still has two years remaining on his deal.
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Bradley Unhappy with Current Deal
Monday, Jan. 25
Bradley signed the deal after four seasons in the NBA in which he never played more than 64 games. As Moore wrote, the contract was a good one at the time for an injury-prone player. However, he played 77 games last year, averaging 13.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, and has been healthy this season once again.
He's upped his game during the 2015-16 season, scoring 14.9 points and 2.1 assists per contest, and is solidifying himself as one of the Celtics' better players, per Moore.
"This year, Bradley's put it all together," Moore wrote. "He's a force on the perimeter for one of the best defensive teams in the league in Boston, and he's shooting 37 percent from the arc. He's a major part of Boston's success."
Contracts are meant to be honored, but when someone starts to outplay his, it can become an issue, per the Boston Herald (h/t Moore):
... Now 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.
It's hard to blame Avery for becoming disgruntled if he feels he's worth more than he's being paid, but at the same time, it's not like he is locked in for five-plus years. The Celtics could do him a favor and restructure. But it's unlikely they'd want to considering Bradley is not a superstar—and it's impossible until after the third year of his contract because of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, as Moore reported.
It might be a good time for the former Texas Longhorn to get a raise, but he may have to wait at least one more year.