Lakers Rumors: Avery Bradley's, Austin Reaves' Contracts to Be Guaranteed for Season

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 7, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves (15) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. The Laker won 108-103. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

The Los Angeles Lakers are guaranteeing the contracts of Avery Bradley and Austin Reaves for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported the Lakers planned to keep the pair of guards on their roster.

Keeping both players was of little surprise, given that both have become fixtures in the rotation. Bradley is averaging 6.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while starting in 26 of his 31 appearances, while Reaves has averages of 5.6 points and 2.5 boards coming off the bench.

Reaves has been a reserve revelation, knocking down threes and playing solid defense on the perimeter. The Lakers are outscoring opponents by a jaw-dropping 12.6 points per 100 possessions when Reaves is on the floor. 

“I think it’s just [being] willing to do whatever on the court,” Reaves told reporters. “If it’s play defense, dive on the floor for loose balls, take charges, just all those little things that can either win or lose you a game are the things I’m kind of here to do. Those things, and making winning basketball plays.”

Bradley is in his second stint with the Lakers after being part of their 2019-20 championship roster.