Lakers’ Bradley opts out of NBA restart

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lakers G Avery Bradley will not join the team in Orlando.

According to Wojnarowski, one of Bradley’s three children has a history of struggling to recover from respiratory illnesses and would’ve been unlikely to be medically cleared to enter the NBA bubble with his family, which was a huge reason Bradley decided to opt-out.

Bradley told Wojnarowski the following on Tuesday:

“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.”

Bradley, along with Kyrie Irving, were leaders of a players coalition who talked about possibly not coming to Orlando for the NBA restart.

With Bradley out of the mix, the Lakers are said to be interested in free agent J.R. Smith, according to Wojnarowski. Smith would be reunited with LeBron James. The two won a title together with the Cavaliers in 2016. 

The 29-year-old Bradley is a significant loss for the Lakers. Bradley is a solid defender and was a starter for Los Angles. In 49 games(44 starts), Bradley averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists a contest. 

Obviously, with COVID-19 out there, players will have to weigh the costs of playing in Orlando. It should be interesting to see who else will opt-out. Players have until June 24 to inform the NBA of their decision.


Clippers ship Avery Bradley to Grizzlies, release Marcin Gortat

The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward JaMychal Green and guard Garrett Temple from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, the team announced today.

Also, the Clippers waived center Marcin Gortat.

Gortat, 34, appeared in 47 games in his lone season with the Clippers, averaging 5.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.

Bradley, 28, appeared in 49 games for the Clippers this season, averaging 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 29.9 minutes.

Green, 28, appeared in 41 games for Memphis this season, averaging 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Temple, 32, appeared in 49 games (all starts) for Memphis this season, averaging career-highs in points (9.4) and rebounds (3.1) in addition to 2.7 rebounds and 1.02 steals in 31.2 minutes.

The Clippers were very busy before the trade deadline. On Wednesday, the team traded Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott to Philadelphia in exchange for Wilson Chandler, center Mike Muscala, guard Landry Shamet, two first-round draft picks and two second-round draft picks.

This team is looking toward tomorrow, and this offseason should be very busy for the Clippers.