This summer Austin Reaves will become a restricted free agent after his current two-year minimum deal expires. Reportedly, there is mutual team between him and the Lakers to sign a new deal.
It has been suggested that Los Angeles could offer him a four-year, $50 million deal. However, former NBA player Chandler Parsons thinks that the sophomore has proven himself in the league and many teams will want to get him. He predicts that Reaves will leave the Lakers in summer.
“I think he gets more, Shams. I don’t the Lakers are going to be able to hold him for $50 million,” Parson said on FanDuelTV. “I think he’s shown he’s a starting point guard, he’s a great bench player.
“A team that’s actually good and a contender can use someone like Austin Reaves as that steady backup point guard that can fill in the starting role and that can help a contending team.
“I’ll look for him to get one of those restricted tough contracts that the Lakers are forced to either match or not match and I don’t think they can afford him… I think he is out.”
This season Reaves is averaging 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27.8 minutes per game. Most recently he dropped 35 points in the win over the Magic.