Why The Lakers Must Offer Austin Reaves 4-year $50 Million Contract

Austin Reaves has impressed in his two seasons with the Lakers. Reaves had a great rookie campaign but has improved drastically this season. 

According to Shams Charania, Reaves will receive a deal in the $50 million range. The max that LA can offer him is a four-year $50 million deal, and they should give him that.

His production and importance to the team are off the charts. This season, Reaves is averaging 12/3/3 while shooting 51.8% from the field and 38% from three. 

Reaves carried the team on Sunday in a must-win game against the Orlando Magic. He finished with a career-high 35 points, shooting 9-14, and had six rebounds and six assists. 

It was the best game of his young career, and he helped the Lakers climb back up to the 10th seed in the West. Reaves has taken on a bigger role with LeBron James out and thrived. His performance was much needed as other players, including Anthony Davis, struggled offensively. The defense’s attention gravitated to Davis, as he faced constant double and triple teams.

In ten games in March, Reaves leads the league in bench scoring with nearly 18 points per game. He has developed significantly as an offensive player, as he can create his own shot and get his teammates involved.

Reaves is also a good defender, making him a two-way player. The Lakers have lost some of their young core in the past and can’t do the same thing with Reaves. 

He is only in his second season and has taken a big leap as a player. At 24 years old, Reaves should only get better as he enters the prime of his career.

Giving him a four-year $50 million deal ($12.5 million annually) is fair for the production he brings night in and night out. 

Rob Pelinka must offer Reaves this contract to keep him with the Lakers long-term.

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