Lakers Sign SG Avery Bradley to 2-Year Deal

Avery Bradley with the Boston Celtics
Avery Bradley with the Boston Celtics. Image by Keith Allison/Wikipedia

The Los Angeles Lakers might have already made their big offseason move when they acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, but that doesn’t mean that they’re finished.

The Lakers agreed to terms with free agent shooting guard Avery Bradley on a 2-year, $9.7 million deal.

Bradley, a nine-year NBA veteran, joins the Lakers as one of a bevy of backcourt and perimeter options. He is expected to serve as a veteran boost for a young roster of guards with little experience in the league.

The 28-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and played sparingly in his first season. However, beginning in 2011, Bradley became a key piece of a Celtics roster that was a consistent playoff presence during his time with the team.

He was twice named a defensive All-NBA selection while with Boston, and consistently averaged around 15 points per game as a starter.

Boston spent the past two seasons as a journeyman, spending time with the Clippers, Pistons, and Grizzlies. While his scoring numbers went down, he is still regarded as a three-point option with some of the best defensive guard play in the league.

While he won’t be the spalshiest addition made by LA this offseason, his signing provides the Lakers with a valuable piece that they hope will leas them back to the playoffs.