NBA Champion Avery Bradley Hired By Utah Jazz As Vice President of Player Development

Last week, it was announced that former NBA guard and Tacoma Washington native, Avery Bradley would be joining the Utah Jazz front office as Vice President of Players Development, according to Andscape’s Marc J Spears. The move will reunite him with former Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge, who drafted him in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 19th.

The Utah Jazz say they have hired Avery Bradley as the team’s Vice President of Player Development. In this role, his responsibilities will include guiding the collaboration between the locker room, front office, and coaching staff, and evaluating personnel.”

“When you get the opportunity to bring in someone with the wealth of experience and insight that Avery has, it’s always an exciting addition,” said Jazz general manager Justin Zanik. “He’ll bring an important perspective working with our team as well as our coaches and players as we move forward in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship.”

“Avery Bradley is somebody that I’ve developed a relationship with, and he obviously played for Danny (Ainge). He’s somebody that wanted to come spend some time and see what we’ve got going on,” Hardy said. “It’s good to have him in the gym hanging out with the guys and hanging out with the coaching staff. He’s auditing this class. … He’s auditing this side of the world, not being a player.”

Per Sarah Todd of the Deseret News, the former 11-year NBA veteran was spotted at Jazz games since mid-December.

“Since mid-December, Bradley has been seen on the sidelines prior to Jazz games and has been hanging around the team in an unofficial role,” Todd said. “More recently, Bradley has been even more visible with the team, as he’s traveled to away games and been seen giving advice to some of the younger guys. Rookie Keyonte George has made note of having a number of conversations with Bradley as the season has progressed.”

During is his time in the NBA, Bradley was considered a two-way wing player, averaging 11pts, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game during 668 games played. He also earned two-NBA Defensive team selections in 2013 & 2016, and won a NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

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