After auditioning for a spot with the Golden State Warriors, avery bradley has himself earned a deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. It isn’t a contract for the last spot on the team just yet, but it’s an extended opportunity to earn it through training camp.
Avery Bradley spent last season with both the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, averaging 6.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. pic.twitter.com/7l07Ca3TB5
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If you followed along, you’re aware that Bradley wasn’t the only player competing for a deal. The Warriors brought in Darren Collison and Isaiah Thomas over the last few weeks, but neither left the Bay Area with an agreement. Bradley was able to extend his opportunity with the Warriors, and it has to be a good sign for the veteran guard.
Bradley has made an All-Defensive Team twice in his career. His defense is what he’s known for most around the league. Opposing players aren’t thinking about a huge night when facing him. During the 2019-20 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, he held guards to 40.8 percent shooting from the field and 26.7 percent from downtown, according to NBA.com.
The defensive-minded Bradley can also keep opposing teams honest on defense. He can space the floor and knows when to make cuts to the basket. These are two things the Warriors love to do in their offense.
Bradley wasn’t the only player to receive a training camp deal on Friday. Former Warriors forward Jordan Bell and shooting specialist Langston Galloway both also inked deals. The three free agents are all battling for the 15th and final roster spot with several other players.