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He is the third best player in the team, could've gotten 100M, instead signed with Lakers for 56M

By James Brown

The Laker that became the third-best player of the team just behind Anthony Davis and LeBron James missed a 100M paycheck to play with LA

The Laker that became the third-best player of the team just behind Anthony Davis and LeBron James missed a 100M paycheck to play with LA

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The Los Angeles Lakers had one rollercoaster of a season for the 2022-23 campaign, as the team had a poor start with a 2-10 record, only to get on their feet after several obstacles once GM Rob Pelinka pulled off some great trades before the deadline. The team then played the WCF series where they were swept by the Nuggets.

One player was a standout as he had his sophomore year in the NBA with a coming off-the-bench role. Austin Reaves was able to earn a spot in the starting five lineup from coach Darvin Ham over Malik Beasley and Lonnie Walker.

The meteoric rise of Austin Reaves and his great performances at the Lakers postseason run made other teams interested in signing the guard ahead of his free agency. The Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs were the two teams reported to have an interest in signing the purple and gold star.

But since the beginning, the Lakers let everyone know that they were going to match any offer as Reaves was their priority to re-sign in the offseason. The Lakers and Austin signed a four-year max extension for 56 million, but now it has been revealed that the Spurs have prepared a bigger offer.

The Spurs considered two offers for Austin Reaves this offseason

According to The Athletic's Jovan Buha: The Spurs considered two offers for Austin Reaves this offseason, according to multiple league sources: 4 years, $100 million. 3 years, $60 million. Ultimately, the Lakers’ insistence that they’d match any Reaves offer scared San Antonio and others

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