“My Destiny”: Avery Bradley Flips Stand on Lakers Just Days After Trolling Them

Published 10/22/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #11 Avery Bradley of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


Having declined his player option with the Lakers just over a year ago, Avery Bradley has returned. The Warriors have begun their season in fine fashion. After trumping LeBron James’ side on opening night, they registered a nail-biting victory against the other LA franchise as well. Stephen Curry has been in devastating form, scoring 66 points in the two encounters. Meanwhile Bradley, who was cut by Golden State, is back at his 2019 home. Bradley played 8 minutes in their encounter and recorded 6 points for the Lakers.

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After having a great regular season in 2019-20, Avery Bradley sat out of the playoffs, owing to some family problems. This paved the way for various other stars like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso and Talen Horton-Tucker to burst into the scene. The following year, Bradley signed a deal with the Heat, before being sent to Houston. After an abysmal run with the Rockets, the 30-year-old joined the Warriors, before being waived off due to his poor pre-season outings. Thus, it has been a roller-coaster set of months for the guard.

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Avery Bradley feels he was destined to have a 2nd stint with the Lakers

After being cut by Steve Kerr’s side, Bradley hopped onto a flight to Miami, hoping to find a new home. On the way, he stopped at Los Angeles, where his life changed. During his layover, Jeanie Buss and the rest of the management made a rapid move for the starlet. The 2016 All-defensive Team member, who opted out of LA, has made a sudden u-turn. In fact, he had even trolled the side a couple of nights ago. When asked if he’d like to rejoin the Lakers, Bradley firmly denied. Now, he opines that it was his destiny that brought him back to the place that gave him so much.

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“C’mon man, can’t make that stuff up. Just like this is where I was supposed to be,” stated Bradley in a recent interview. For the Lakers, he started in 44 out of 49 regular season games. And his role couldn’t be clearer – the side is in desperate need of someone who can offer crucial points, and play with defensive prowess. Talking with Bill Oram of The Athletic, Avery said, “I almost feel like this is just my destiny [returning to LA].”

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If the Los Angeles Lakers can exploit Bradley’s ability well, they surely have a quality addition to their lineup. With the 30-year-old joining the likes of LeBron, Davis, Westbrook and more, the yellow army is likely to explode into the league!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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