Lakers ’Avery Bradley pulls out of NBA, restart, cites family concerns

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has chosen to play in the NBA Orlando, Florida, restarting the season, he told ESPN on Tuesday.Bradley, who started 44 games for the Lakers this season, informed the management team of his decision. The Lakers will be able to sign a replacement for Bradley, with free scoring agent JR Smith emerging as one of the main candidates, sources said ESPN.

At the forefront of Bradley’s decision to stay with his family is the well-being of his oldest child, his 6-year-old son, Liam. Bradley and his wife, Ashley, have three children.

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Liam Bradley has a history of struggling to recover from respiratory illnesses, and it is unlikely that he would have been medically cleared to enter the Orlando bubble with his family.

“As a clerk at my teammates Lakers and the organization I am, I ended up playing basketball for my family,” Avery Bradley said. “And so, at this point, I cannot imagine making any decision that could put my family, health and well-being at the slightest risk.

“As promised, I will use this time away from focusing on forming projects to help strengthen my communities. ”

Bradley was co-leader with Brooklyn Kyrie Irving of coalition players who sought to have several questions focused on social justice, racial equality and empowerment addressed to the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA in the league to restart it.

Bradley was one of the main two-way players for the Lakers, who are the No. 1 Western Conference seed in the 22nd team to restart in Florida.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the likely candidate to replace Bradley in the Lakers starting line.

Bradley finds himself losing a projection of $ 650,000 in salary by staying out of the recovery season. He has averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds for Los Angeles this season.

In a decade of the league, Bradley has averaged 11.8 points through his time with the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

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