Lakers hoping to re-sign D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, and Dennis Schroder
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report detailed that the Lakers are interested in re-signing three of their guards: D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, and Dennis Schroder.
Russell has been a great fit since coming over from the Timberwolves at the trade deadline. His shooting and playmaking fit well alongside the star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Russell’s contract is expected to be similar to Jalen Brunson, who got a deal worth $26 million per year with the Knicks last offseason.
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Pincus said, “A return to Los Angeles seems inevitable,” as there is a limited market for Russell in free agency due to other teams' cap situations. He has also thrived with the Lakers during their playoff run.
Reaves is an intriguing player hitting the free agency market. He came to the Lakers as an undrafted free agent in 2021 and has developed into a high-quality guard.
The good news for the Lakers is Reaves is a restricted free agent, which means they can match opposing teams' offer sheets. However, a team could make a large offer for Reaves that could cost $98.7 million over four years with a backloaded deal.
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His market is expected to be more around Bogdan Bogdanovic, which is around $17 million per year. Reaves has been crucial to LA’s success, and it will be pivotal to bring him back. Pincus expects Reaves to be back with the team next season.
Schroder has been a quality backup point guard for the Lakers this season. He brings energy and intensity off the bench. He plays hounds opposing guards with his tenacious defense and can get some buckets with his quickness. The Lakers hope to re-sign him but be able to offer him much more than the minimum.
LA is up 1-0 over the Warriors and will look to re-sign these guards in the offseason.