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Lakers News: Avery Bradley to Sign 2-Year, $9.7M Contract After Clearing Waivers

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2019

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The Los Angeles Lakers added to their bench unit Monday, agreeing to sign guard Avery Bradley to a two-year, $9.7 million contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The deal includes a player option on the second year.

Bradley, 28, has bounced around the NBA a bit since having a career year with the Boston Celtics in the 2016-17 season (16.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 39 percent from three).

He played for both the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers in the 2017-18 campaign, appearing in just 46 games, though he did average 15 points per game in his stint with the Pistons. He then played for the Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies last season, averaging 16.1 points in 14 games with the Grizzlies.

If Bradley is the player he was in 14 games with Memphis, he should be an excellent depth addition for the Lakers. If he more closely resembles the player that struggled in his two years with the Clippers (8.3 PPG, 32.6 percent from three), however, he'll struggle to crack the rotation. 

Still, the Lakers need shooting around James, and Bradley has shot at least 36 percent from deep with every team except the Clippers. Even in his seven seasons with Boston, he shot 36.6 from three.

The Lakers have an interesting roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, bringing back Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while signing Bradley, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley and Quinn Cook. 

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Losing out on Kawhi Leonard not only directly hurt the Lakers, preventing them from forming the league's next superteam, but it also cost them the chance to add some of the league's better role players. And there are questions about how some of their moves, like retaining Rondo or signing Cousins, will complement the skill sets of James and Davis.

But in general, the Lakers have filled out their roster with solid veterans who should handle specific roles. There are minutes to be had for Bradley in Los Angeles, especially if he can build on his strong 14-game stint with the Grizzlies last year.

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