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REPORT: Avery Bradley agrees to 2-year, $11.6 million deal with Heat

Avery Bradley, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Heat

The Miami Heat have found more help on the perimeter as the reigning Eastern Conference champs reportedly are signing free agent Avery Bradley.

Bradley, 29, agreed to a two-year contract worth $11.6 million, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Bradley is coming off a one-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won the 2020 title; however, the former Boston Celtics shooting guard was injured for the playoffs.

The Heat already re-signed point guard Goran Dragic and big man Meyers Leonard during the NBA’s free agency, which started yesterday evening. The cast is led by All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo and coached by two-time champion Erik Spoelstra.

Bradley started his NBA tenure with seven-plus seasons with the Celtics before bouncing around several franchises, including both L.A. clubs.

Bradley declined his $5 million player option with the Lakers this past week, becoming a free agency and ultimately signing with L.A.’s competitor, the Heat, who they defeated in the six-game 2020 NBA Finals series.

Last year with the Lakers, Bradley averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 24.2 minutes per game, making 49 regular-season appearances and all but five of them were starts.

A former 19th-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Texas, Bradley was selected by a Celtics team two years removed from winning the 2008 title. Bradley honed his craft and made a name for himself in the Association with tough perimeter defense, although doubters have noticed a decline in his man-on-man prowess in recent years.

Bradley split time between the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers during the 2017-18 season and the Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19 before signing as a free agent with the Lakers back in July 2019. Now he joins the Heat to help Butler and Co. get over the hump.