Free-agent to fill Dallas Mavericks final roster spot: 4. Avery Bradley
Bradley has bounced around in recent years, but the 6’3 guard was part of the Lakers championship squad in 2020 that featured Jason Kidd, Jared Dudley, Greg St. Jean, and JaVale McGee. The 31-year-old wing opted out of the bubble, but he started 44 of his 49 games played on the eventual champions before the season shutdown.
Bradley twice made the All-Defensive teams in his career, and he is going to commit to making an impact on that end of the floor. The 6’3 guard defends well on the perimeter and is a career 36.5 percent 3-point shooter. He makes sense for any team that wants a 3-and-D wing that can play spot minutes.
Avery Bradley will want to play for a contender as he has signed with the Lakers, Heat, and Warriors in each of the last three offseasons. The 31-year-old did not always finish the season with those teams, but he wants to win. The Mavs are fresh off a run to the conference finals, and they could find a bench role for Bradley.
The market features mostly one-dimensional players at this point, and the Mavericks should lean towards defensive-minded talent. Avery Bradley gives their perimeter defense a boost, and he would be another option if Frank Ntilikina is not getting the job done off the bench.