Writing sports USA, 24 June.- The guard Avery Bradley, of the Los Angeles Lakers, announced that he will not play in the restart of the NBA season that is scheduled for next July 30, at the Walt Disney World in Orlando (Florida), due to family reasons.
Bradley, who played 44 games with the Lakers this season, communicated to team management his decision not to attend the resumption of the championship.
Now, the Lakers will be able to sign another basketball player to replace Bradley, who becomes the third NBA player who has decided not to restart the competition after the suspension forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
The previous two have been Latvian power forward Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards and Dominican-born guard-forward Trevor Ariza of the Portland Trails Blazers.
Bradley said he prefers to stay with his family. The 29-year-old player and his wife, Ashley, have three young children.
Her 6-year-old son Liam suffers from a respiratory illness, and is unlikely to receive medical clearance to enter the Orlando “bubble” with his family.
“I am committed to my Lakers teammates and organization, but at a time like this I cannot make a decision that can put the health and well-being of my loved ones at the slightest risk,” he said.
Bradley has been a key player for the Lakers, who are ranked first in the Western Conference in the restart that 22 teams will star.
Due to his decision not to play, Bradley will stop receiving about $ 650,000.