Lakers’ Avery Bradley retired from the NBA to restart; JR Smith appears as a candidate for replacement, sources say


Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted to play in the NBA’s Orlando, Florida, the restart of the season, ” he said to ESPN on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday.Bradley, who has started 44 games for the Lakers this season, has informed the team management of his decision to stay back. The Lakers will be able to sign a replacement player for Bradley, with free-agent scorer JR Smith emerging as a leading candidate, sources told ESPN.

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


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

“As committed to my Lakers teammates and the organization that I am, I ended up playing basketball for my family,” Avery Bradley said. “And so, at this time, I can’t imagine making any decision that could put my family, health and well-being to even the slightest risk.

“As promised, I’m going to use this time away to focus on the training projects to help strengthen my communities. ”

Bradley has been a co-leader with Brooklyn Kyrie Irving of the players of the coalition that sought to have a number of questions centered on social justice, racial equality, and the empowerment addressed to the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA in the league’s restart.

Bradley was a key two-way player for the Lakers, who are the Western Conference’s no. 1 seed in the section 22 of the team restart in Orlando.

Bradley stands to lose a projection of $650,000 in salary by sitting out of the season of the recovery. He has averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds for Los Angeles this season.

In a decade in the league, Bradley has averaged 11.8 points through his stints with the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, THE Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would be the candidate to replace Bradley in the alignment. As for Smith, his agent, Rich Paul, and Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka have been engaged in the conversation from Bradley informed management that it was not the intention of the report to the team for the conclusion of the season, sources told ESPN.

Smith, who teamed with LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ team of the championship in 2016, has not played in the NBA since the start of the season 2018-19, when he parted with the Cav.

The Lakers have worked Smith, earlier this season, before the signing of guard Dion Waiters, another Paul client, to a place of player.

Smith, 34, has career averages of 12.5 points (from 37.3% from 3) and 3.2 rebounds in 15 seasons with New Orleans, Denver, New York and Cleveland.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin contributed to this report.


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