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Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley is reportedly being made available in trade talks and the Los Angeles Lakers may be a fit.
Why is that?
Well, because Bradley is a former client of former agent-turned-Lakers-general manager Rob Pelinka, as noted by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
Pelinka made the career change over the summer and now reports to president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Bradley would likely be an easy sell to both Johnson and controlling owner Jeanie Buss.
I will say that this is a relationship business and as I understand it, Rob and Avery are close. Speculatively, I'd at least pay attention to Lakers here.
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) January 29, 2018
As has been repeatedly reported about the Pistons, the Lakers are said to be actively seeking a deal — and a veteran and pro’s pro such as Bradley would be a nice fit for anyone looking to build a winning culture.
On the downside, Bradley can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and the Pistons’ asking price is “significant,” according to ESPN.
Bradley, 27, is considered one of the top two-way guards in the league. But his 15.0 points and 41-percent shooting are both down from last season with the Boston Celtics, who traded Bradley to Detroit (for forward Marcus Morris) during the offseason.
Bradley has missed a fair amount of time with a groin injury, including seven consecutive games earlier in the season.