Lakers sign Avery Bradley to two-year deal

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions At Summer League, remade Lakers and Clippers size each other upWhicker: Clippers, Lakers can’t just have eyes for each other How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years He joins a veteran-laden backcourt rotation that already includes Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Troy Daniels. Rondo’s two-year contract was officially announced Monday afternoon, bringing back the four-time All-Star at point guard. The 33-year-old had an injury-stricken season for the Lakers with modest numbers (9.2 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.3 rpg) but also enjoyed one of his better 3-point shooting seasons.It’s unclear, however, how the guards will be used in the rotation. According to a Yahoo Sports report, the Lakers are planning to move LeBron James to point guard in the starting lineup alongside Green, which could squeeze the guard rotation for the coming season. At 6-foot-2, Bradley has typically played shooting guard in his career.The Lakers have placed an emphasis on 3-point shooting in the backcourt acquisitions after skimping last summer: With the addition of Bradley, the Lakers have added at least five players (Green, Bradley, Cook, Daniels and Jared Dudley) who shot better than 38 percent for their last team.RELATED:Have the Lakers adequately addressed their shooting woes? NBA buzzing to find out Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Needing shooting and defensive toughness on the perimeter, the Lakers added another guard who is looking for a bounce-back season.Avery Bradley signed with the Lakers on Monday after being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, agreeing to a two-year deal worth a reported total of $9.7 million with a second-year player option.Bradley, 28, is a nine-year veteran who made his initial reputation as a robust defender and solid outside shooter while playing in Boston. Through the last few years as a journeyman with the Pistons, Clippers and Grizzlies, he’s been more uneven as he has dealt with injuries. But a two-time All-NBA Defensive Team honoree and career 36.4 percent 3-point shooter is expected to add depth at a position of need for the frontcourt-heavy Lakers.Bradley averaged 9.9 points and 2.4 assists last season, enjoying a slight bounce-back to his old form (16.1 ppg, 4.0 apg, 38.4 3-point percentage) after the Clippers traded him to Memphis. Bradley has had numerous injury struggles, including groin and ankle problems during his Clippers tenure – the last time he played in at least 70 games was during the 2015-16 season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers are using their room exception on Bradley, meaning his salary does not affect their salary cap space for the coming season. The Lakers had to wait for Bradley to clear waivers on Monday before officially adding him as the 14th official member of the roster.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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