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Lakers guard Avery Bradley declines $5 million player option to become a free agent

Avery Bradley, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers were anxious to see if Avery Bradley was going to opt-in to his player option for the upcoming season, but he’s made his decision.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Bradley has declined his $5 million player option, making him a free agent.

Two seasons ago Bradley showed glimpses of being the player he once was earlier in his career with the Boston Celtics. In just 14 games with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018-19, Bradley recorded 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and four assists per game.

After flashing potential as a two-way guard again, the Lakers pursued Bradley in free agency ahead of the 2019-20 season. The veteran shooting guard would sign a two-year, $9.7 million deal to be a role player on a squad that had their sights on the NBA Finals.

Bradley would play in 49 games for the Lakers, logging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. While his numbers weren’t eye-popping, Bradley was a defensive juggernaut for Los Angeles, fitting right in alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

However, when the NBA took a hiatus due to COVID-19, Bradley chose to not play in the league’s bubble. Nevertheless, Bradley played his part in the Lakers being able to win the NBA title, defeating the Miami Heat in six games.

Given his ability to play both ways still, a contending team could target Bradley in free agency this offseason. On the other hand, the Lakers still have Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and they just acquired Dennis Schroder via trade. Not to mention, they believe Talen Horton-Tucker can be a contributor as well.