Lakers’ Avery Bradley opts out of NBA restart
Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley won’t play in the NBA’s restart in Orlando.
Bradley told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that he wants to remain with his family during these uncertain times.
The Lakers veteran has a son who has a history of struggling to recover from respiratory illnesses and would’ve been unlikely to be medically cleared to enter the bubble at Walt Disney World.
“As committed to my Lakers teammates and the organization as I am, I ultimately play basketball for my family. And so, at a time like this, I can’t imagine making any decision that might put my family’s health and well-being at even the slightest risk,” Avery Bradley told ESPN.
“As promised also, I will use this time away to focus on the formation of projects to help strengthen my communities.”
The Lakers have the best record in the West. They are one of the favorites to win the 2020 title since superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis are leading the charge.
However, Bradley is an important piece for the Lakers, as he’s an elite perimeter defender and spaces the floor with his 3-point shooting.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Bradley was averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the Lakers in 49 games. The 29-year-old was also shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The “bubble” games will begin on July 30. Washington Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans and Portland Trail Blazers small forward Trevor Ariza have already dropped out of the “bubble” games.