The NBA offseason is off and running, and we’ve already seen some big moves, such as the Phoenix Suns swinging a trade for Chris Paul. The Golden State Warriors haven’t made any moves yet, but we do have a report on that front.
Per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Warriors have interest in veteran guard Avery Bradley.
Yahoo Sources: Potential free agent Avery Bradley to be courted by Golden State, Milwaukee and several contenders in attempt to lure him away from the Los Angeles Lakers.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 16, 2020
Bradley spent last year with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he has a $5 million team option for the upcoming season. If he chooses to exercise that option, he’ll return to Los Angeles, but the Warriors are reportedly going to try and get him to opt out.
I’ll be straightforward: I personally do not want this to happen. While Bradley still carries a strong defensive reputation, I don’t think he is particularly good on that side of the floor anymore, and he’s certainly not an offensive weapon these days. And most importantly, he had a sexual assault allegation levied against him a few years ago, which was eventually closed with a paid settlement.
I think Damion Lee is a better player, and someone I’m certainly more comfortable with being on the team.
As for what Bradley has done on the court recently, he averaged 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 24.2 minutes a night with the Lakers last season, and shot 36.4% from beyond the arc, which matched his career number. He opted out of the season restart in the Orlando Bubble, due to health concerns surrounding his son, who has underlying health concerns regarding respiratory illness recovery.