Lakers Bring Back Former Starter With Final Roster Spot

The Los Angeles Lakers played smart with their final roster spot. The team made a few moves. Players joined and left the team, and Avery Bradley seems to be the perfect option for that final spot. The team claimed him off waivers from the Golden State Warriors and it’s official.

Bradley played with the 2019-20 team and started in the backcourt throughout the regular season. However, he didn’t play inside the bubble. The 2020-21 NBA season wasn’t his best but Bradley provided decent shooting and defense.

LA planned to keep 14 players on the roster. General manager Rob Pelinka would have had enough flexibility to make some changes and even add another player from the buyout market. This decision would give the Lakers enough money against the luxury tax. Well, Bradley’s deal isn’t fully guaranteed. He can leave the team on January 7 or earlier. If Bradley stays on the Lakers roster throughout the entire season, he will cost the team about $7 million in salary and luxury taxes.

Lakers did a good job with the final roster spot

If Bradley performs at the same level he did the last time he was a Laker, the team will win in every aspect. Los Angeles really needs someone like Bradley at the moment. Trevor Ariza and Talen Horton-Tucker will miss about two months due to injuries. Frank Vogel will make day-to-day decision about Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, and Wayne Ellington as they all deal with minor issues. Los Angeles needs bodies at the moment and Bradley fits perfectly.

Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are out of the team and LA needed a guard who can defend at the attack. That’s the role Bradley had the last time he was wearing purple and gold. Let’s just say Vogel needs to see the same performance this season.

The Lakers have a complete 15-man roster and they want to win. Let’s see what happens next in the season. Winning some games, maybe? You can definitely bet on Vogel’s team. Those veterans are lethal and everyone knows it.