Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley has decided to sit out the NBA’s upcoming resumption of the season in Florida.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Bradley will not play for the Los Angeles Lakers when the NBA season resumes at Disney World in July.
The report suggested that Bradley wants to remain with his wife and three children, including a six-year-old son has a history of respiratory illnesses that likely would have prevented him from entering the bubble.
“I can’t imagine making any decision that might put my family’s health and well-being at even the slightest risk,” Bradley told ESPN.
“And so, at a time like this, I can’t imagine making any decision that might put my family’s health and well-being at even the slightest risk.
“As promised also, I will use this time away to focus on the formation of projects to help strengthen my communities.”
By opting out, Bradley figures to lose a projected $650,000 in salary.
Bradley and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving have been vocal leaders of a players’ coalition that has sought to keep a focus on social justice and racial equality issues.
He averaged 8.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while starting 44 games before the season was shut down in March due to the coronavirus. The Lakers are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference heading into the 22-team restart.