Avery Bradley remains in Boston for $32M
Avery Bradley has agreed to a $32 million, four-year deal to remain with the Boston Celtics.
Seattle Times news services
BOSTON — Avery Bradley from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma agreed to a $32 million, four-year deal to remain with the Boston Celtics.
Agent Mitchell Butler confirmed the deal Wednesday for Bradley, the No. 19 pick in the 2010 draft.
Bradley averaged a career-best 14.9 points in 60 games last season as the starting point guard while Rajon Rondo was recovering from a torn knee ligament. Bradley can play either guard spot and is a strong defender.
The Celtics extended a qualifying offer to Bradley on Monday, making him a restricted free agent and allowing them to match any offer he received from another team.
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry is staying with the Toronto Raptors after leading them to the Atlantic Division title.
The point guard agreed to re-sign with the Raptors, his agent confirmed. Yahoo Sports reported that the deal was for four years and $48 million.
Lowry averaged career highs of 17.9 points and 7.4 assists for the Raptors, who were one of the NBA’s biggest surprises in going 48-34.
They were expected to be one of league’s worst teams, particularly after trading forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings early in the season, but instead nearly reached the Eastern Conference semifinals before falling to Brooklyn in seven games.
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting restricted free-agent forward Gordon Hayward and are preparing a huge offer sheet to try to pry him away from the Utah Jazz, sources told ESPN.com.
The Cavs, who have the ability to clear as much as $20 million in salary-cap space, are believed to be willing to start a deal at the maximum contract number of about $15 million per season.
The Cavs see Hayward as a complement to young franchise cornerstones Kyrie Irving and No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. Last season, Hayward was one of five players to average at least 15 points, five assists and five rebounds.
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd.
The deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach comes two days after the Nets made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him.
Hollins led Memphis to 56 victories and the 2013 Western Conference finals before he and the Grizzlies parted ways. The Nets considered hiring him last year.
• Prized free agent Carmelo Anthony took his tour from Chicago to Texas. Anthony met with the Rockets in Houston and is expected to meet with the Dallas Mavericks. He will then meet with the Los Angeles Lakers before sitting down with the New York Knicks.
• The Orlando Magic signed both of its first-round picks from last week’s draft: fourth overall pick Aaron Gordon from Arizona and 10th overall pick Elfrid Payton from Louisiana-Lafayette.