DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Meeting with reporters on the eve of free agency in late June, Avery Bradley expressed some anxiousness about hitting the open market, but stressed a desire to be back in Boston.
It took little more than 24 hours for the two sides to hammer out a four-year, $32 million agreement to keep Bradley in green. Reflecting on how quickly the deal came together on Thursday at his latest area youth basketball clinic, Bradley stressed again this is where he wanted to be.
"I had [an opportunity] to stay near my second home -- I’ve been living here for four years," said Bradley. "I love playing under Danny Ainge and [coach] Brad [Stevens], they are amazing guys. It was a no-brainer for me. They were the first team that called and -- we had other calls -- but, Boston, I knew I was coming back here."
A new contract ought to increase outside expectations on the 23-year-old shooting guard, but he seems unfazed by it all.
"I try not to think about it at all," he said. "Just like when people say, any time you play an NBA game, whenever you think, that’s when you make mistakes. So I just try not to think about it at all. Just go out there and play my game. Honestly, that’s what I’m looking to do. In order for us to win, if I have to go out there and hold somebody to 10 points on the other team, that’s what I’ll look to do. Whatever it takes."