Well, there it is. The Miami Heat got their point of attack defender, and he’s a very good one.
Avery Bradley reached a deal with the Miami Heat, worth $11.6 Million over two years.
Bradley was sold on the Heat’s culture and Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler recruited him to leave Los Angeles, sources said. https://t.co/7l19DnBuaL
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
It was also reported by Shams that Pat Riley and Jimmy Butler recruited him to leave Los Angeles, and he was sold on the culture.
Of course he was sold on the culture, since he has the gritty and tough mentality that the Miami Heat tend to love.
If Miami could build their ideal point of attack defender, I’m pretty sure he’d end up looking a lot like Avery Bradley.
Pick you up full court. Great one-on-one defender. Great team defender.
And once again like I’ve continually mentioned, this was Miami’s plan all along. They knew they were going to try and go after a bunch of perimeter defenders, since they already have their offensive talents on the roster.
And by the way, let’s not just label Bradley as a straight defender. He was a very solid offensive player during his tenure with Boston, since he lingered around 15 points per game during that time.
And not only did he shoot 36% from three this past season, he has shot 36% from three over his entire career. Of course I wouldn’t label him as 3 and D, but he’s pretty close. And with this team, you’d rather 70% defense and 30% shooting from your guard than 50/50.
And the price makes it even better, since you’re getting an immediate contributor for a little under $6 Million a year.
And most importantly, if Jimmy Butler wanted him here, there’s a reason.
Once again, Jimmy doesn’t want a Tyler Herro replacement, he wants a Tyler Herro complement.
And he got one. Miami has made it very clear where their mind is with this team.
For one, they’re keeping their core intact while filling out the roster with fitting parts. And second, they’re fully focused on 2021 free agency.
Jae Crowder signed a 3 year $30 Million deal with the Phoenix Suns, but like I’ve said all along, they had a back-up plan ready. And this is a pretty solid back-up plan.
Welcome to Miami, Avery Bradley.