The Golden State Warriors are one of several contending teams that have interesting in Lakers’ Avery Bradley, who has a player option this offseason.
This is going to be a quick and intense offseason for the entire NBA, and as teams start to improve with a plethora of trades already being reported, the Golden State Warriors must find a way to keep up with the action.
The Warriors are coming off a 15-win season in which they were the Western Conference’s worst team. Every team in the NBA knows the Warriors were only so awful because Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just five games.
Thompson didn’t see the court. Without Kevin Durant to step up either as he left for Brooklyn, the Warriors were left helpless. Thankfully, that won’t be the same result for this coming season. Both stars will return rested and healthy. Draymond Green will also be a force.
While they don’t have their third true star yet, they’re likely looking for that deal soon. On top of finding another star to add to their already elite roster, the Warriors are reportedly engaged with Avery Bradley in an attempt to “lure him away” from the Lakers.
Bradley has a player option for next season that is valued at just over $5 million. The veteran shooting guard opted out of the Orlando restart. That obviously didn’t impact the Lakers too much as they went on to win the NBA Championship anyway.
During the season, Bradley averaged 8.6 points per game. He played in 49 games and started 44. With Dennis Schroder potentially being added to the roster for next season, having a two-time All-Defensive team member may be exactly what Los Angeles needs.
Given Stephen Curry’s height and defensive aptitude, the Warriors may want a player like that as well. Suddenly, Bradley has turned into a hot commodity.
The Warriors won’t have much to bid, but if he opts to decline that option, the Dubs could toss that mid-level exception at Bradley. They should have bigger fish to fry, but we’ll see as free agents and the draft are inching closer.