WALTHAM, Mass. – No matter what Mother Nature is doing weather-wise, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley has been around the NBA long enough to know that the potential to be traded is always in season.
This summer has been no different, with Bradley being among the Boston players whose name has been included in several rumored trades.
“I try not to worry about it too much because it’s out of my control at the end of the day,” Bradley said after his basketball camp at Brandeis University with additional camps in Trinadad having been completed with additional ones this summer in Tacoma, Washington and Vancouver.
Bradley is entering the final year of the 4-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2014.
And make no mistake about it.
Bradley is going to get paid a lot, whether it’s by the Celtics or another team.
His steady improvement from one year to the next has been a constant for the 26-year-old who last season was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive first team.
But he knows the Celtics’ brass well enough that if they see a chance to significantly upgrade the roster, they won’t hesitate to trade anyone, himself included.
“I don’t worry about it,” Bradley said. “I know that was the case and I get traded, the Celtics are going to do what’s best for them and I’m going to have to do what’s best for me if I’m put in a different situation.
He added, “our job is to play basketball, not worry about trades. I just try to focus on that.”
Having been in the NBA for seven years, Bradley acknowledged it does get easier to put the trade speculation in perspective over time.
“It’s part of the business, man,” he said. “You just to accept and understand that your name is going to be thrown in trade talk. You can get traded at any time. You just have to be prepared and focus on just being the best player that you can be.”
That approach has been critical to Bradley’s steady improvement as an NBA player who began his career as someone who was charged with playing elite defense, into one of the better two-way talents in the league.
Last season, Bradley averaged a career-high 16.3 points per game along with 6.1 rebounds which was also a career-high.
This season, Bradley has a long list of areas he wants to improve upon, with finishing at the rim near the top of the list.
Looking at his track record, you can count on that area of his game showing noticeable improvement.
And whether it’ll manifest itself while he’s a Celtic, remains to be seen.
“It doesn’t matter if you get traded or where you end up,” Bradley said. “If you’re prepared to be in any situation you’ll be fine.”