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Report: Avery Bradley signs two-year deal with Heat

Lakers PG and C decide on player options with Los Angeles for 2020-21 season.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (11) shoots the basketball during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers PG Avery Bradley has decided he does not want to remain with the team. He has agreed to terms with the Miami Heat on a two-year deal worth $11.6 million, per Shams Charania.

Prior to opting out of the NBA restart in the bubble, Bradley had played 49 games, including 44 starts for the Lakers in 2019-20. He averaged 8.6 points in 24.2 minutes per game, but was a key cog on defense for L.A. That was surely missed during the championship run, though was detrimental to the Lakers’ success. However, Bradley will look to become a key cog within the Heat’s zone defensive scheme this season.

The Heat needed Bradley as a reinforcement because Andre Iguodala is currently an unrestricted free agent. Without Iguodala, the Heat’s perimeter takes a massive hit as their next best defender is Jimmy Butler. Bradley will be competing for minutes with Kendrick Nunn, who is backing up starting point guard Goran Dragic.