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.