Avery Bradley's agent Mitchell Butler had a conversation with Danny Ainge before the lockout concerning his client's need to see game action to improve.
Bradley is ready to be a high quality NBA defender, but needs more floor time to develop offensively.
Butler is searching for options in Europe for Bradley to play, though he is currently training in Seattle with the likes of Jamal Crawford and Aaron Brooks.
“He’ll get the necessary reps running up and down, but I would like to put him in a structured situation, as well,’’ Butler said. “Being coached, having to run a team. And that could present itself in a situation in Europe. We’ve got a lot of teams that are interested, [but we need to be cautious] from a standpoint of making sure the money is right because he may end up being there the whole year. This [lockout] may go an entire season.’’
Ainge was receptive to the idea of Bradley playing in Europe.
“They were all for it,’’ Butler said of the Celtics. “If it is something we decide to explore, I am sure they will be happy about it. I think they want to see him get the necessary reps because he’s going to be a big part of what they do this season and for years to come.’’