Breaking: LA Clippers Re-Sign Guard Avery Bradley to Two-Year Deal

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 14: Avery Bradley
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 14: Avery Bradley /

The LA Clippers have re-signed free agent shooting guard Avery Bradley to a two-year, $25 million deal, per Shams Charania.

Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania has reported that the LA Clippers have re-signed free agent guard Avery Bradley to a two-year deal. The exact terms of the deal, as to whether the contract is fully guaranteed, are currently unknown. The value is $25 million.

Bradley came to Los Angeles last season via the Blake Griffin trade, appearing in just six games. The 27-year-old missed most of his time with the Clippers due to a moderate groin injury. However, it appears LA’s front office liked what they saw, as Bradley will be returning to the roster.

Bradley’s defensive abilities are his main draw. He’s a two-time All-Defensive selection, and is regarded highly around the league for his stout perimeter defense.

Surely Bradley will aide in the development of newly-signed rookies Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson. With a lengthy wingspan and quick feet, Bradley should help mold Gilgeous-Alexander into a premier defensive point guard. And while Robinson is best suited as a knockdown shooter, he has the ability to become a solid two-way player.

And let’s not forget about Patrick Beverley, the other half of what is now perhaps the league’s best defensive backcourt. Bradley and Beverley never had the chance to play together last season, due to injuries to both. The pairing could be dangerous for opposing guards.

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After the departure of Austin Rivers, Bradley will likely take over as LA’s starting shooting guard. Following Bradley will be reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, followed by Robinson. Sindarius Thornwell could be forced out of the rotation and down to the G-League, however given his versatility, it’s likely that C.J. Williams goes down instead.

Bradley averaged 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds across 27.5 minutes per game with Los Angeles last season.