While he didn’t play in the Orlando Bubble, Avery Bradley is still considered an NBA champion from his one season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Miami Heat, the Lakers opponent in the finals, was hoping Bradley could bring some of the same product to them.
Bradley signed a two-year, $11.6 million contract with the Heat in free agency. The second year of the deal is a team option, so he could very well be playing on an expiring contract. That is partly what makes him an intriguing trade target for contending teams.
While Bradley has appeared in only 10 games this season because of injuries, multiple contending teams have expressed interest in trading for him, according to the subscription-based, The Athletic.
Bradley is nearing a return from his calf injury and would help out several teams with his skill set. He is a solid 3-point shooter, making 36.5 percent of his attempts in his career and 42.1 percent in his limited action thus far this season. The former Texas product is also a strong defender, something contending teams are always looking for.
Acquiring Bradley from Miami probably wouldn’t cost much, some second-round picks would probably get the job done. However, all the positives he would bring to a team inquiring about trading for him, the Heat can benefit from as well.
Miami could use another shooter and defender in the backcourt, where injuries have also slowed down Goran Dragic this season. The Heat just acquired Trevor Ariza from the Oklahoma City Thunder in hopes of adding another 3-and-D player for their playoff run.
However, given how they have fared without Avery Bradley, the team could be willing to move on from him for a future asset. The Miami Heat are always mentioned as a potential landing spot for superstars in trades, so acquiring more draft capital to have their disposal isn’t the worst thing, especially if they feel they have enough to overcome trading away Bradley.