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NBA Restart Not in the Books for Bradley

Avery opts out of NBA Restart

Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided not to play in the NBA Orlando restart. Bradley said, “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.”

What does this mean for the Lakers?

Bradley started in 44 out of 63 games for LA before the shutdown, averaging 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds. As a key two-way role player, this could hurt Los Angeles on the defensive end. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will most likely replace Bradley in the starting lineup, losing even more defensive fire power. What the Lakers lose in defensive, they make up for in scoring ability with Caldwell-Pope. Caldwell-Pope averages 47% shooting from the field and 39% from deep.

What does this mean for Bradley?

By opting out of the restart, Bradley is expected to lose roughly $650,000 of his two-year, $9.7 million contact. This obviously doesn’t take a major hit on a bank account, but more of a hit on the already rolling Laker unit.

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