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Report: Avery Bradley to sign 2-year, $9.7 million deal with Lakers once he clears waivers

Avery Bradley

Free agent guard Avery Bradley plans to sign a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers after he clears waivers, his agent Bill Duffy told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bradley is slated to have a player option on the second season.

Bradley is slated to clear waivers later on Monday, after the Memphis Grizzlies waived him last week. He will still be paid the $2 million guaranteed out of his $12.9 million contract, a sum which he will largely get back upon inking this new deal with the purple and gold.

This signing will only bolster the Lakers’ bench with another three-and-D player to put behind Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who will likely have dibs at the shooting guard position.

Bradley salvaged what would have been a disaster of a season with the L.A. Clippers, finding some playing time with a talent-devoid Grizzlies team and showing an extent of his capabilities as a two-way guard.

Also capable of making plays, Bradley could also be a potential second or third option behind Rajon Rondo at the point guard position, providing a strong balance between offense and defense at the position.

While undersized at 6-foot-2, Bradley has been regarded as one of the toughest defenders at his position, a trait which could line him up for decent minutes under new coach Frank Vogel, who will have a lot of tough decisions to make upon his first year as a coach of the Lakers.