Lakers guard Avery Bradley says he will opt out of NBA's Disney World reboot
Avery Bradley, the guardian of the Los Angeles Lakers, a leading voice in the faction opposing the restart of the NBA, has decided against resuming the team at Disney World for the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
While Bradley has reportedly agreed with Kyrie Irving that restarting the NBA would affect players' fight against racial injustice, ESPN reports that the main factor in Bradley's decision is the wellbeing of his eldest child.
Bradley's 6-year-old son Liam is reported to have respiratory problems and is unlikely to be released to enter the NBA bladder. With the Lakers in the position for a deep playoff run, joining the team would likely have separated Bradley's family.
Bradley's statement from ESPN:
"So committed to my Lakers teammates and organizing as I am, I end up playing basketball for my family. At a time like this, I can't think of a decision that could affect my family's health and wellbeing in the slightest Risk.
"As promised, I will use this time to focus on building projects to strengthen my communities."
Bradley started 44 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game before the NBA paused. The 29-year-old was an NBA all-defense selection for the first team at the Boston Celtics in 2016.
According to ESPN, Bradley will lose $ 650,000 in salary if he has to suspend the rest of the season.
The veteran is not the only NBA player who logs out of the restart, and he may not be the only laker. Dwight Howard has been reported to have reservations about rejoining the team and who knows what other bladder problems are like Bradleys.
Family is more important to Avery Bradley than basketball. (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)
J.R. Smith is said to be a leading candidate for Bradley
If Bradley fails, the Lakers have 24.2 minutes per game to replace them in their back seat. One way to close this gap is by a good friend of LeBron James.
J.R. Smith, who won a championship with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, is a leading candidate for Bradley, according to Wojnarowski.
Smith has not played in the NBA this season and was last seen beating up a suspected truck vandal on the streets of Los Angeles. He wouldn't be a one-on-one replacement for Bradley as the Lakers will have the option to extend the minutes of players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso.
Davis Bertans and Trevor Ariza also opt for the NBA bubble
In addition to Bradley, Washington Wizards striker Davis Bertans and Portland Trail Blazers wing Trevor Ariza have also declined the option to play in Disney World, despite betting on both teams not currently playing in the playoffs, are different.
Bertans' absence is due to a history of ACL injuries and the likelihood of a lucrative long-term free-hand contract awaiting him this off-season. Ariza is sitting outside of a month-long visit window with his 12-year-old son as part of an ongoing custody battle.
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