In news that should come as no surprise to Lakers fans, Avery Bradley has opted out of resuming the season in Orlando next month.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has opted-out of playing in the NBA’s Orlando restart of the season, Bradley told ESPN on Tuesday night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2020
Bradley has recently made headlines for leading a players coalition against returning in Orlando. The core goal of this was to preserve the Black Lives Matter movement in fear of the NBA serving as a distractive ploy from what matters most to many of the NBA players. This reason that Bradley has decided to opt out however, is because of his 6-year-old son, Liam. Liam, who has a history of struggling to combat respiratory illnesses would have, in all likelihood, not been cleared to enter the medical bubble in Orlando, so naturally Bradley backed out.
Bradley has served in a pivotal role for the Lakers this season, starting 44 games for the Los Angeles franchise, which holds the best record in the Western conference currently.
JR Smith has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Bradley.