Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is nearing a deal to play with Hapoel Jerusalem during the NBA lockout, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
A formal agreement could be reached as soon as this week that would allow Bradley to return to the NBA if the league-imposed lockout ends during Hapoel’s season.
After failing to complete a deal with Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez last week, Hapoel turned its attention to signing Bradley. For Bradley, a 20-year-old who turned pro after one season at the University of Texas, the chance to play meaningful minutes in the competitive Israel Premier League is a lure.
Bradley needs playing time to develop his game whether that's in the D-League, the NBA, or overseas. He has a lot of work to do to become a solid NBA player, but he does have potential. This experience should be good for him. I wonder if the lockout ended if the C's would consider letting Bradley stay in Israel for a couple months to get some seasoning in.