NBA : “I always felt like I would fit in here”


Stability marked the early years of Avery Bradley’s sports career. The guard was selected in the 19th position of the 2010 draft by the Celtics and in Boston would extend his stay until 2017. In the summer of that year he would be sent to Detroit in exchange for Marcus Morris, a move that would also facilitate the arrival in Massachusetts of Gordon Hayward.

Since then, Bradley has been rebounding from team to team, being used as a bargaining chip without being able to settle in any of his new destinations: Pistons, Clippers, Grizzlies and Lakers. Thus, after playing for four different teams in the last three years, the player received the call from the Heat with great enthusiasm. The Bucks were also aware of his situation, but Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra interceded to get him to pack his bags for Florida.

“I always felt that if I ever had the opportunity to play here, it would be a perfect fit,” said the Tacoma after agreeing to a two-year, $ 12 million contract. “Once the opportunity presented itself, I knew I would take it. I’m excited because I feel like I fit in here. We all know what it means to be a Miami Heat player and the passion and dedication it takes to be part of this culture. ”

The addition of Bradley will bring defensive and outside shooting versatility to the Heat’s perimeter. During the 2019-20 academic year he played a total of 44 games with the Lakers, averaging 8.6 points in 24.2 minutes. However, she would not travel to the Orlando bubble to care for her son.

Bradley followed the trajectory of the Los Angeles franchise to the ring at all times, but acknowledged having really enjoyed the game played by Miami. “I enjoyed watching Bam and Jimmy play. I like the dedication of their game and how they faced adversity. That culture and that team atmosphere is something anyone would want to be a part of. ”

Although no one has assured him at the moment how many minutes he will enjoy in his new team, Bradley has already advanced the different ways in which he can help meet the objectives.

“I know the instant impact I can have on that team. I was in the Eastern Finals. I haven’t had a chance to play a championship series yet. I can help a lot on the defensive side, close games, bring my experience and leadership. I want to lead by example every day and show these guys what it takes, not just to be champion of the East, but of the NBA. “

In addition, Bradley has acknowledged that he will try to redeem himself from his ups and downs of recent years and show that he is still an elite defensive player in the NBA.

“The last three years have been very difficult. I had a lot of ups and downs, I lost my parents and I was on many teams. Now I see this as a blessing. I know it will be a good year for me. I’m going to do my best and prove that I am an All-Defense caliber player. “

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