Avery Bradley is undecided if he will accept a potential championship ring from the Los Angeles Lakers if they ultimately win the 2020 NBA Finals in mid-October.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Bradley addressed the potential situation after recently opting out of the 2019-20 NBA season restart now.
“Yes, Rob Pelinka made me aware of the Lakers offering me a ring if they win the championship,” Bradley said about the ring. “It’s a very kind gesture on their part.”
However, Bradley stopped short of saying he would accept it.
“Will I accept the ring? I’m neither here nor there about it,” Bradley said. “I am 10 years in this league. The physical possession of a ring doesn’t make me feel like more or less of a person. I play basketball strictly for enjoyment and to add to the support of my family. Supporting them is exactly what I’m doing right now.”
Bradley decided to opt out of traveling with the Lakers to Orlando, FL in order to ensure the health and safety of his family, which is completely warranted.
During Bradley’s first season with the Lakers, he was a cornerstone in a defense that totes a top-three defensive rating (105.5) in the league through 63 games.
Night after night, Bradley would continuously guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player and often pick them up all 94-feet of the basketball court.
This allowed for players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis to defend less talented players on defense, therefore saving their energy for offense.
Bradley was also utilized on offense with his 8.6 points finishing as the fifth-highest behind only James, Davis, Kyle Kuzma, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Bradley helped the Lakers achieve a 49-14 record and reach the NBA playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season, breaking an extremely cold streak.
Without Bradley, there is no doubt the Lakers would not have been as dominant as they proved to be this season and must find new ways to replace his contributions.