KEY POINTS

  • Avery Bradley's return will strengthen the defense of the Lakers for the coming season
  • Bradley may win first NBA title after missing out in the 2019-20 season
  • Bradley's arrival is timely with several guards of the Lakers being sidelined

Avery Bradley is back with the Los Angeles Lakers, the same team he played for during the 2019-20 NBA season.

The 30-year-old guard signed with the franchise on Monday, October 18.

 This came not long after the Golden State Warriors cut the veteran guard, a move that has reportedly gotten stars like Steph Curry and Draymond Green upset.

The two Golden State superstars were among the players who were hoping to see Bradley on the regular roster for the coming season, someone who can do the intangibles that most may not see or appreciate, Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic reported.

Ironically, Bradley may be in a purple-and-gold uniform when the Lakers face the Warriors in the 2020-21 NBA season opener tonight, October 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Considering that Bradley has just signed up, there is a chance he may not yet see action for head coach Frank Vogel.

Although he is no stranger to the system of the Lakers, it remains that the team underwent big changes in the offseason.

Bradley finds himself joining a stacked backcourt led by Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Nunn and Rajon Rondo among others. 

The good news for the 6-foot-3 guard is that the Lakers backcourt rotation has been plagued by injuries.

Combine that with the fact that he is no stranger to regulars such as LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Bradley should easily settle in.

With so much firepower at Vogel’s disposal, the 19th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft is likely to be asked to do what he does best–defending.

Recall that before he was cut by the Warriors, Bradley reportedly said in a previous report that he was the best on-ball defender in the NBA, ironically something that the Lakers could use.

 It would also be best to note that he missed out on being part of the Lakers' 2020 NBA champion team.

His second coming may also reward him with his first NBA ring in the process.

 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 Photo: Getty Images | Harry How