End of an Era: Austin Reaves announces his departure from Lakers following his…

Your Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the thick of the speculation as the NBA trade deadline looms just two days away. Some sources suggest that they may opt to stay put, while others hint at Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka actively exploring trade opportunities. The uncertainty leaves fans wondering: What should the Lakers do?

At first glance, it’s challenging to envision a trade that could instantly transform the Lakers into championship contenders. However, the possibility arises: What if the Lakers were to part ways with third-year guard Austin Reaves? While many, including myself, advocate for retaining Reaves, there exists a scenario where trading him could be justified – if it meant acquiring a legitimate third star to elevate the team’s status.

On the surface, that doesn’t seem like that’ll be the case.

Reaves has undoubtedly left his mark, particularly with his contributions to the Lakers’ run to the 2023 Western Conference Finals. His departure would undoubtedly be felt; however, if a third star were to be available, the Lakers shouldn’t hesitate. At the end of the day, that most likely will not be the case.

Reaves should remain a fixture in purple and gold for the remainder of the season. Despite his ups and downs, Reaves possesses a unique skill set that complements LeBron James and Anthony Davis exceptionally well. While his three-point shooting may be inconsistent, his playmaking abilities and clutch performances have made him a fan favorite and someone James and Davis can trust.

Yes, his defense may not meet expectations, contributing to the team’s defensive struggles. However, the highs he brings to the table far outweigh the lows, making him a valuable asset to the Lakers’ roster.

As the clock ticks towards the trade deadline, one thing seems certain: Reaves will likely remain a Laker beyond the 12:01 p.m. PT deadline on Thursday. Barring an unforeseen blockbuster deal that significantly bolsters their title aspirations, the Lakers recognize Reaves’s value to the team – a sentiment shared by fans hoping for continued success in the seasons ahead.


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