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Lakers to be outbid for Austin Reaves over offseason?

Austin Reaves in warmups

Nov 6, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves (15) warms up prior to a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Reaves’ free agency could become a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.

Reaves is an undrafted player out of Oklahoma who signed a 2-year, $2.49 million deal with the Lakers in September 2021. He will be a restricted free agent after the season, but other teams are expected to have interest in him.

Marc Stein recently said that he believes some team will outbid the Lakers for Reaves.

The Lakers can offer Reaves around $50 million for four years. They will have the right to match any offer for the guard, but other teams can make it really expensive for the Lakers by signing Reaves to a big offer sheet. Other teams could also backload the contracts too to make it even more difficult on the Lakers.

Any money the Lakers use to match a contract for Reaves would also limit their ability to bring back D’Angelo Russell and Dennis Schroder, who will both be unrestricted free agents.

Reaves has emerged as a key player on the Lakers’ roster. While LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the main options, Reaves has been extremely consistent weapon.

Reaves is averaging 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this postseason. In the regular season, the 24-year-old has averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game on 52.9 percent shooting.

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