In a thrilling turn of events, Austin Reaves, the talented guard of the Los Angeles Lakers, has put to rest the anxieties of team vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka. Fears of Reaves departing for a more lucrative contract elsewhere in the 2023 offseason quickly dissipated as the former Sooner decided to remain loyal to the Lakers, signing a brand-new four-year deal worth an impressive $54 million.
While Reaves’ bank account undoubtedly underwent a transformation overnight, the young athlete made it clear that one aspect of his NBA life remained unchanged, regardless of the additional zeroes on his paycheck. Reaves gained significant popularity during the previous season, thanks to his outstanding performance down the stretch, which played a pivotal role in helping the Lakers secure a playoff spot that had seemed distant at the onset of the trade deadline.
Pelinka, astute in his strategic moves, revamped the roster to provide Reaves, a shooting guard, with an expanded role as a ball handler during crucial moments. This tactical shift paid dividends as Reaves’ ability to draw fouls, excel at free throws, and engage in a dynamic two-man game with the legendary LeBron James emerged as vital elements of the Lakers’ postseason campaign.
Hailing from Arkansas, Reaves showcased unwavering determination under the spotlight, earning himself the title of the third-best Laker throughout the postseason. His unforgettable moments, including standout plays against the Grizzlies and a half-court buzzer-beater that sealed the deal against the Warriors, brought smiles to the faces of LA fans. Simultaneously, it left them pondering the prospect of a Lakers team without the impending free agent from the previous year.
With his future secured for the next four seasons and a spot on Team USA’s FIBA World Cup team, Reaves is all set for another remarkable year at Crypto.com Arena, where championship expectations loom large. Despite facing setbacks against the Nuggets last season, Reaves and his fellow teammates are determined to make a resounding early statement in the upcoming season, just a few weeks away.