July 12, 2020, 8:45 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley was unable to make any fantasy noise as a top-244/233 (8-cat/9-cat) per game player before his decision to not join the Lakers in the Orlando bubble, as he posted 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.9 steals over 24 minutes per game.
Bradley was one of the more outspoken players when it came to his concern about overshadowing social justice issues by relaunching activities within the bubble. Ultimately he could not overcome the health risks to his family. The Lakers valued his defensive chops during the regular season, but with such a limited offensive role he was not able to impact the fantasy box score. Bradley has a player option next season and is likely to have a number of suitors seeking his defensive presence if he hunts for a long-term contract.
June 23, 2020, 11:31 pmJR SmithSG, Free Agent
After news broke of Avery Bradley's decision to opt out of the remainder of the NBA season on Tuesday night, the Lakers have once again emerged atop the J.R. Smith "sweepstakes" as they are now in the market for a replacement for Bradley.
The team will definitely need a replacement for Bradley, even if its only for depth purposes. They don't have much depth at any position, but the guard spots are especially delicate. The Bradley decision is a big one and seeing Smith join forces with LeBron James one last time is a mouthwatering possibility.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 23, 2020, 11:18 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Avery Bradley, who had made headlines recently for his efforts to highlight the importance of the social justice movements, has decided to opt out of the remainder of the NBA season on Tuesday evening, which is scheduled to get underway next month at Disney World in Orlando.
This is notable for many reasons, both on and off the court. For the Lakers, Bradley's employer, this is a significant blow. They have much of their cap space allotted to a few players and the roster depth they were able to scrap together at the end of last offseason is particularly important to their success. The Lakers are slim at most positions and this will put even more responsibility in the hands of players like Danny Green and Alex Caruso when the league resumes. Off the court, Bradley was at the forefront of reports last week that numerous NBA players, including high-profile players like Kyrie Irving and fellow Laker Dwight Howard, were wary of returning to the basketball court amid the police brutality and Black Lives Matter movements/protests currently taking place in the United States. The deadline for players to decide about the Orlando plan is Wednesday, and Bradley joins the likes of Davis Bertans and Trevor Ariza in opting to stay home when the league finally resumes play. Teams are allowed "replacement players" in the event that their current players opt out, so it should be interesting to see where the Lakers choose to go with their roster in the wake of Bradley's big choice.
June 16, 2020, 11:22 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley, who is the head of the Players Coalition currently working to spotlight the importance of social injustice and police brutality using the NBA's platform, said on Tuesday that he is 'eager to hear' how the league office, ownership, and sponsors will fulfill their societal responsibilities regarding those issues upon returning to play next month.
Bradley and the Coalition, co-led by Kyrie Irving of the Nets, have a number of priorities that they have apparently made clear to the league and executives (and ESPN, apparently). Some of those include, as laid out Tuesday by Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews of ESPN, "improved hiring practices for black front-office and head-coaching candidates, donations to organizations serving black communities, partnerships with black-owned businesses and arena vendors, and making it so the league's management better reflects its composition of players." Bradley, Irving, Dwight Howard and a number of other players feel that the issues facing the African-American community (and the world as a whole, for that matter) are far too important and basketball should be placed on the back-burner until some improvements in legislation and police reform are put in place. They have a good point ethically, but not all players are in agreement as far as the Orlando-restart is concerned, and basketball fans and players are starving for on-court action. Bradley and (especially) Irving have been increasingly vocal over the past week and don't seem to be changing their stances anytime soon. Once again, regardless of the reason why, Kyrie Irving has become a prominent topic of discussion publicly – and he only suited up for 20 games this season. It was even reported on Tuesday that he proposed starting a new league in a group chat with teammates. This situation should only get more interesting. Expect Adam Silver to handle it with class and come to some sort of agreement with Bradley, Irving, and the other members of the Players Coalition in a concerted effort to combat racial injustices that continue to prevail throughout the country using the NBA's platform.
June 16, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Commissioner Adam Silver has informed all 30 teams on Tuesday that upon the league restart next month, a central goal for the NBA will be to utilize their platform to accentuate the issues of racial inequality and police brutality that are currently crippling the United States.
In Silver's own words, "A central goal of our season restart will be to utilize the NBA's platform to bring attention and sustained action to issues of social injustice…" We should expect nothing less from Silver at this point, as he has handled nearly every conundrum the league has faced during his (short) tenure as commissioner with complete class, kindness, effectiveness, and professionalism. All that being said, this is likely a bit of a response to the recent question marks brought forth by various players such as Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley regarding the league's plan to return to play amid a tumultuous global climate. It would be wise to expect Irving to issue some sort of "double-down" statement in response within the week. On Tuesday, he reportedly proposed starting a new league in a group chat with some teammates. Grab your popcorn.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 16, 2020, 8:39 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving, who has been extremely vocal in his opposition to restarting the NBA, largely due to the police brutality/social injustice movements but also due to the ongoing pandemic, reportedly proposed a 'new league' in a group chat with teammates on Tuesday, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
Avery Bradley heads the Players Coalition and has been working closely with Irving in the fight for social justice and police reform. Both the Nets and the Lakers are set to take the court when the league resumes in Orlando next month. It will be fascinating to find out how players like Irving decide to proceed, as a decision for each player must be made by June 24.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 6:56 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley stepped up in Sunday's win over the Clippers, scoring a season-best 24 points on 9-of-17 from the floor with two steals and six 3-pointers.
Bradley was a big part of why the Lakers came away with the win over their cross-hallway rivals, as none of the Clippers' support players showed up at all. We still can't recommend him as a fantasy option but if you streamed him today, you got lucky. Don't overreact here, even if Bradley has earned himself a few more minutes in the near future.
March 3, 2020, 8:31 pmAlex CarusoSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso (right hamstring) has been ruled out on Tuesday for the Lakers' game vs. the Sixers.
Caruso is only an option in deeper leagues, as his value over the last two weeks sits just inside the top-200. This will be his second consecutive game sitting out, with Avery Bradley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green standing to benefit the most in Caruso's absence.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 22, 2020, 1:11 amAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley was productive in Friday's win over the Grizzlies, posting 14 points (6-for-10 shooting), five rebounds, three steals, two triples, one assist and a block in 29 minutes.
Bradley hasn't been fantasy-relevant all season in standard leagues, but is starting to put together a strong run of performances. Don't add him at all costs, but if you could use a 3-and-D contributor on the margins of your team he is a possible flier option.
February 8, 2020, 11:38 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley shot 5-of-7 from deep on his way to scoring 21 points with two steals in 30 minutes on Saturday.
Bradley won't come close to standard-league value this season and this performance is an outlier. He can be streamed for threes in 20-team leagues, but even then he is hard to trust.
February 7, 2020, 1:24 amAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting with one rebound, four assists and three triples on Thursday.
Bradley played well and did his best to contain James Harden, which worked, but he's still not a fantasy asset. Alex Caruso (27 minutes, 12 points, four assist, a steal and two triples) shot well, but was taken advantage of on defense by Russell Westbrook tonight. Both players can be left on the wire.
February 2, 2020, 12:50 amAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley put up 19 points in Saturday's road win, going 7-of-13 from the field with five 3-pointers.
Bradley starts because of his defensive abilities but he's the weakest fantasy option among LA's wing group. Unless you're in a 20-team league it's hard to get excited about what Bradley has to offer.
January 13, 2020, 9:14 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley (flu-like symptoms) is available to play on Monday vs. the Cavs.
Bradley has been getting solid minutes, but he hasn't done much with them. He's a fine threes and steals streamer, but that's about all right now.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
January 12, 2020, 8:46 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley (illness) is probable to face the Cavs on Monday.
Bradley was able to play through it on Saturday but might not have been asked to do so had the team not been so shorthanded. If he suits up on Monday he'll only be a streaming option.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 11, 2020, 11:42 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Avery Bradley scored just three points in Saturday's win over the Thunder, finishing with two rebounds and two assists.
Bradley attempted three field goals and only connected on one three pointer. With the Lakers missing their key scorers it was expected that he would see an increase in usage. This was no the case tonight as teammates Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma combined to take 46 field goals, or over half of the team's, leaving everyone else just to watch. Bradley is not really worth owning in all but the most shallow of leagues.