Los Angeles Lakers plan to offer restricted free agent Austin Reeves A four-year, $52 million deal, sources told ESPN on Friday.
The 6-foot-5-inch guard had a breakout campaign in his second year in the league, averaging 50/40/90 shooting along with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
In the Lakers’ final 11 regular season games as they were chasing a spot in the play-in tournament, Reeves averaged 19.8 points and 6.1 assists while shooting 58% from the field. LA went 9–2 and finished with the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.
The 25-year-old Reeves continued to produce in the playoffs, averaging 16.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists while starting all 16 postseason games during L.A.’s Western Conference Finals run.
Reeves went undrafted out of Oklahoma in 2021. He was signed by the Lakers to a two-way deal in the summer before converting his contract to a guaranteed roster spot shortly before training camp.
Retaining Reeves was part of a plan that Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ vice president of basketball operations and general manager, laid out to reporters before the team’s exit interview, declaring, “I will say this quite plainly: Our intention is to retain our youth.” friends together.”
The summer is shaping up to be great for Reeves as he will play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup in the Philippines in August, with exhibition games planned in Las Vegas, Spain and the United Arab Emirates before the tournament.
Also on Friday, the Lakers reached an agreement to sign free agent forward taurean prince, The deal is for one year and $4.5 million, his agent, Steven Heumann, and Richie Beda of CAA Basketball told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Prince spent the last two seasons with Minnesota and is averaging 9.1 points in 2022-23.