Free Agent Targets: Avery Bradley

By: Jon Balant

Free Agent Targets:  Avery Bradley

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 27

Height/Weight: 6’2”, 180 lbs

College: Texas

Previous Team: LA Clippers

Previous Contract: 4 year/$32 million signed with Boston in 2014

Current Status: Unrestricted Free Agent

Agent: Leon Rose

Projected cost: $12 million per year.

Career Highlights:

  • Averaged 16.3 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, and shot 39% from 3-point line for Boston in 2016-2017.Maintained these numbers in playoffs during their run to the Eastern Conference finals vs Cleveland, and was a key factor in their playoff success.

Pros:

  • Prototype 3 and D player who has the ability to handle the ball and penetrate.
  • Excellent off pick and roll on offense. Ability to pull up and knock down jumpers from 3 point line and in, even when in traffic.
  • Can not only shoot off the pass, but also off the dribble, which is something the Sixers lack currently.
  • Great lock-down defender on the wing. Despite being undersized at the 2 guard he has long wingspan and can defend smaller guards or the team’s best scorer, freeing up Ben Simmons on defense.
  • Strong rebounder for his size.

Cons:

  • Coming off surgery on torn abdominal muscles.Has been prone to injury throughout his career, so there is risk in paying a long term guaranteed contract.  This should keep his market and price tag reasonable however.
  • A bit undersized as a 2 guard.
  • Not a great passer and tends to get tunnel vision when penetrating with the ball.
  • Has played for 3 different teams in past 2 years, including Detroit and LA and hasn’t had a defined role since leaving Boston.
  • Unclear how well he will perform outside of Brad Stevens’ system, as many players who have left Boston for other teams have seen a noticeable dip in production.

Verdict:

  • While Bradley should not be the 76ers primary target this offseason, he would provide a solid addition to the backcourt for a team in desperate need of defensive guards. Should they score a blue chip free agent like Lebron or Paul George at the 3, their plethora of cap space should allow them to still sign Bradley if they decide to move on from JJ Reddick.It would be prudent to explore Avery Bradley as an option.  I would consider offering 2-3 years at a max of $11 million per year, ideally with a team option after year 1 or 2.