Austin Reaves’ Victor Wembanyama reason for considering Spurs before resigning with Lakers

Mary Raleigh
27/09/2023

Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves seriously considered teaming up with Victor Wembanyama on the San Antonio Spurs.Real reason Spurs didn't send offer to Lakers' Austin Reaves revealed |  Yardbarker

Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves is back in the City of Angels following a breakout season in 2022-23. However, it seems that Reaves seriously considered a move to another Western Conference team before ultimately resigning with Los Angeles this past offseason.

San Antonio Spurs Regret Not Signing Los Angeles Lakers' Austin Reaves? -  Sports Illustrated Inside The Spurs, Analysis and MoreReaves recently opened up about attention he was getting from the San Antonio Spurs, who had recently drafted phenom prospect Victor Wembanyama, during free agency.Spurs tried to poach Lakers star | Yardbarker

“It definitely creeps into your mind, obviously, a little bit of talks back and forth, something possibly coming to life,” said Reaves, per The Lowe Post with Zach Lowe. “But I didn’t think there was any way the Lakers didn’t match whatever was offered… You hear things, and obviously with Wembanyama, so much upside with him, your mind kind of wanders into that basketball world, what that would be like.”Austin Reaves to stay with Lakers, reports say

Austin Reaves joined the Lakers in 2021 after going undrafted that summer. Although he played sparingly at the beginning of his rookie season, Reaves would ultimately work his way into the Los Angeles rotation towards the end of 2021-22 and had a breakout season in 2022-23, ultimately becoming one of the most important players on the team during the Lakers’ shocking run to the Western Conference Finals this past postseason.How Austin Reaves unlocked LeBron James, Anthony Davis -- and the Lakers -  ABC7 Los Angeles

Still, the prospect of playing with a prospect as generationally talented as Victor Wembanyama would make anyone think twice. The French freak of nature was drafted first overall to the Spurs this offseason after establishing himself as one of the most coveted prospects of all time.

Lakers fans are surely happy that Reaves passed up that opportunity to return to the Purple & Gold.

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