Report: Lakers Won’t Trade Austin Reaves Unless ‘Clear-Cut All-Star’ Becomes Available

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According to NBA insider Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers will not trade Austin Reaves unless a clear-cut All-Star becomes available.

The Lakers are interested in acquiring Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray, who has the same agent as LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, they will not part ways with Reaves to acquire the Washington product.

“Austin Reaves, whom teams continue to ask for in negotiations, remains off the table barring a clear-cut All-Star shockingly becoming available, according to league sources granted anonymity because they’re not authorized to speak publicly,” Buha wrote.

The Lakers re-signed Reaves last summer in restricted free agency to a four-year, $53 million contract. The guard is making $12 million this season.

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Reaves is averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Lakers this season while shooting 48.6% from the field, 35.5% from beyond the arc and 86.3% from the free-throw line. He’s fourth on the team in points per game and third in assists per game.

The Lakers are 27-25. They are in ninth place in the West. If the season ended today, LAL would be in the play-in tournament for the second year in a row.

Along with Murray, the Lakers have been linked to Andre Drummond of the Chicago Bulls, Bruce Brown of the Toronto Raptors, Malcolm Brogdon of the Portland Trail Blazers and Spencer Dinwiddie, Royce O’Neale and Dorian Finney-Smith of the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Austin Reaves, Los Angeles Lakers Updates

Reaves, 25, has career averages of 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He’s turned himself into a good player after going undrafted.

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