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Avery Bradley Reportedly Waived by Grizzlies After Dwight Howard Trade

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIIJuly 6, 2019

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 10: Avery Bradley #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on March 10, 2019 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Avery Bradley has been waived by the Memphis Grizzlies following the team's acquisition of Dwight Howard on Friday, according to The Athletic's David Aldridge.

"His 2019-20 salary ($12.9M) would have been guaranteed last Thursday," Aldridge added of the Bradley move. "Memphis will have to pay Bradley his $2M guaranteed for next year. Grizz continue to get further below the cap line for more moves."

The Grizzlies traded C.J. Miles to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Howard, which saved Memphis $3.1 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Wojnarowski added, "Grizzlies will waive or trade Howard, per source."

Bradley only appeared in 14 games, all starts, for the Grizzlies after the Los Angeles Clippers traded him to Memphis in February.

Bradley is expected to have a healthy market as a free agent, as the New York Times' Marc Stein replied to Aldridge's report by saying the 28-year-old "will attract immediate interest. 

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix underlined the guard's desirable strengths as "solid scorer, a terrific on-ball defender who will shoot mid-to-high 30 percent from three." Back on June 28, NBA reporter Michael Kaskey-Blomain identified the Philadelphia 76ers as a potential suitor, reporting the team "could look to sign Bradley if he's waived by the Grizzlies."

Bradley spent the bulk of his career with the Boston Celtics after the franchise selected him in the first round (No. 19) of the 2010 NBA draft out of Texas. His most statistically productive season came in 2016-17—his last full season in Boston—when he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent from three.

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Last season, across 63 starts for both the Clippers and Grizzlies, Bradley averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 40.8 percent shooting from the field and 35.1 percent shooting from three.

Seeing as Bradley was clearly a cap casualty for the rebuilding Grizzlies, his skill set would provide value to a contending team.

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