Lakers to sign Avery Bradley to two-year deal

Avery Bradley
Feb 25, 2019; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Avery Bradley (0) during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will sign Avery Bradley to a two-year deal worth $9.7 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The guard is expected to clear waivers before signing his contract with the team.

Bradley joins a bevy of free agents signed by the Lakers to two-year contracts which align with when LeBron James could potentially opt out of his contract. The Lakers will be using their room exception to sign him.

The guard will have a player option in the second year of his deal.

Bradley struggled last season with the LA Clippers before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. With Memphis he had a slight resurgence in limited games.

Bradley averaged 8.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game with the Clippers but shot only 38.3 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from the 3-point line. With the Grizzlies, he averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from behind the arc. He appeared in only 14 games with the Grizzlies.

The Lakers will be Bradley’s fourth team in the NBA. The nine-year veteran is a career 36.4 percent 3-point shooter. The Lakers will be hoping he can keep that form from behind the arc and that he can provide the type of defense he played earlier in his career.

The Lakers still have one roster spot open. It’s unclear whether they will fill it in the offseason or if they will hold on to it until the buyout market opens after the trade deadline.

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