The Los Angeles Lakers signed guard Avery Bradley to a two-year contract in free agency, hoping that the former defensive ace can regain his form. At one point, Bradley was one of the best defensive guards in the NBA, even making first-team all-defense in the 2015-2016 season.
However, since joining the Clippers during the 2017-2018 season, Bradley has looked like a shell of his former self. his offensive game disappeared and his once-stellar defense also slipped, with most pointing to a slew of injuries as the cause of his decline.
Then, a midseason trade last year to the Memphis Grizzlies appeared to resuscitate Bradley. In an admittedly small sample size of just 14 games, Bradley looked something like the player he used to be, which gave teams hope that all he needed was a change of scenery.
The Lakers, badly in need of 3-and-D players to team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, decided to take the risk and hope that they could get the best out of Bradley. While no one is quite sure what to expect from him just yet, he could potentially earn a starting role if he can prove the ability to defend opposing point guards at a high level.