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Celtics extend qualifying offer to Avery Bradley

As expected, the Celtics [1] have extended a $3.58 million qualifying offer to guard Avery Bradley [2], according to The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn [3].

With free agency looming on July 1, the move was inevitable, allowing the Celtics [1]  to match any offer Bradley receives on the market this summer.

During a press conference regarding first-round draft picks Marcus Smart and James Young, Ainge appeared confident the Celtics [1] will bring back Bradley. Reports have indicated he could command between $7-9 million as a restricted free agent, and the limited crop of available shooting guards [4] makes it more likely he could end up earning the higher end of that estimate.

After earning Second Team All-Defensive honors in 2012-13, Bradley made significant improvements offensively this past season, averaging 15 points and shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. However, the added offensive load left him off the All-Defensive roster, and he missed significant time for a second straight season due to injury. Still, losing Bradley would be a serious blow to the Celtics [1] this summer. Still only 23 years old, he has All-Star potential and the work ethic to reach it.