The Warriors still need to sign players, good ones at that too, following the departure of star man Kevin Durant. If reports from the Athletic’s David Aldridge are to be believed, a new potential player may be available in Memphis Grizzlies’ Avery Bradley.
NBA insider claims Avery Bradley trade deal with Warriors confirmed
David Aldridge believes that the Grizzlies have chosen to waive their guard, Avery Bradley.
Grizz aren’t finished. Per source, they have waived veteran SG Avery Bradley. His 2019-20 salary ($12.9M) would have been guaranteed last Thursday. Memphis will have to pay Bradley his $2M guaranteed for next year. Grizz continue to get further below the cap line for more moves.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) July 6, 2019
The Warriors need to reconstruct their roster following departures of key players, and Bradley could be a decent fit. The Warriors though are not in a position to offer him a lot of money- they can only offer Bradley a minimum contract. On the other hand, he will have a lot of playing time, at least for a year, with Klay Thompson still out with an ACL injury.
Avery Bradley performance not up to the mark
Bradley has been on the decline for a few years now. But the 28-year-old veteran still offers a good value with his defensive game. After all, he has made the All-Defensive team twice in his career.
In the 2017-18 season, he averaged 9.9 points per game playing for both the Grizzlies and the Clippers. He also made 35.1 percent of his 3 pointers in that period. This average was his lowest since his second year in the NBA, although he did average a significantly higher 16.1 points in his 14 games with the Grizzlies.
Laker Nation, I’m dreaming about the 4th quarter Lakers team with LeBron, AD, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, and Kyle Kuzma. That’s almost unbeatable!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 8, 2019
His versatility could be an asset as well- he can help with both guard positions from the bench, and will allow other offensive players like D’Angelo Russell and Steph Curry to express themselves freely.
Bradley is sure to garner attention from the rest of the league, so the Warriors must move fast if they wish to sign him.