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Avery Bradley Reveals Why He Chose To Sign With The Lakers

(via Silver Screen and Roll)

(via Silver Screen and Roll)

The Lakers' depth continues to be a huge question mark entering the 2019-20 season. While they waited for Kawhi Leonard, the free-agent market dried up, leaving L.A. to pick from a half-empty barrel.

Believe it or not, they did a decent job with signing who was left.

The names included Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, and sharpshooter Troy Daniels (among others).

Among the most intriguing acquisitions was the signing of former Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who joined the Lakers on a 2-year, $9.7 million deal. It's not much, and he will not be given a big role right away, so why the Lakers, exactly? The 28-year-old revealed his answer to Lakers Nation, and it relates to his former teammate Rajon Rondo.

“[O]ur relationship is good on and off the floor. I feel like without him even knowing it, he is part of the reason why I came here. He’s a great person and [a] great basketball player.”

It is true that the 2x All-Defensive player has not had a good couple of seasons, but he can still add value to the Lakers with his defense and outside shooting. If he can return to at least some of the player he was in Boston, he will be an important piece for L.A.

As for Rondo, while his output and production as a player may have dropped, he still brings leadership and a sense of direction that can teach a lot to his teammates -- a point that Bradley made abundantly clear in his interview.

“Having the opportunity to not only learn from where he is now in his game, I feel like can benefit me. Not only him but everyone else on our team. There are a lot of guys I’m going to be able to pick up a lot of leadership qualities from. That all helped me make my decision to come here,” Bradley said.

Bradley and Rondo will reunite as teammates for the first time since 2014. A lot has changed since, but both players are humbled, ready to grow, and are hungry to win.

There is potential for the both of them to turn their careers around with the purple and gold this upcoming season.