The Miami Heat entered the NBA offseason with the focus of bringing back their pending free agents on short-erm deals that were generous in compensation— mostly to keep their 2021 cap space wide open. That wasn’t appealing to Jae Crowder— creating an opportunity for Avery Bradley.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Heat agreed to a two-year, $11.6 million contract with Bradley. The final season of this contract is a team option that Miami will have the option of declining to keep their keep space as open as possible.
Previously a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bradley did not participate in the playoff run that netted an NBA championship. He opted to sit out due to concerns about COVID-19— meaning he hasn’t played a game since March.
During the 49 regular season appearances Bradley made for the Lakers, he averaged 24.2 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. He struggled with inconsistency on offense while the focus of his role was to make a strong defensive impact.
The Heat will not be needing Avery Bradley to provide a lot of value offensively aside from converting on open shots and making the easy play. Where he will earn his contract will be on defense.
There are big aspirations from the Miami Heat during the upcoming NBA season. While the team is waiting until next offseason to try pulling off a major acquisition, they will run it back with many of their key players in an effort to contend for a title once again.
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