NBA Rumors: Celtics showed interest in bringing Avery Bradley back to Boston

Dave Green
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Report: C's had interest in reunion with Avery Bradley originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Saturday was a very busy day for Danny Ainge -- who saw both Gordon Hayward and Brad Wanamaker leave the Celtics as free agents -- but signed veterans Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague.

And while Teague should prove to be a solid veteran backup in the backcourt, he wasn't the C's only choice to fill that role. Ainge and the Celtics also showed interest in another proven guard who knows Boston well.

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According to HoopsHype, the Celtics were among the teams to show interest in Avery Bradley before the 10-year veteran agreed to a two-year, $11.6 million contract with the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat.

Bradley, of course, spent the first six seasons of his NBA career in Boston after being selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. 

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The soon-to-be 30-year-old (his birthday is this Thursday) would have been a nice addition for the C's, as he's a consistent outside shooter also known for his prowess on the defensive end of the court. He has also started 465 of his last 476 games over the last eight seasons with the Celtics, Pistons, Clippers, Grizzlies, and Lakers.

But instead of landing in Boston, Bradley will be joining one of the Celtics' biggest rivals in the East. According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, both Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler were integral in recruiting him to Miami.