4 Lakers who increased their trade value this season

These Lakers are worth more if the franchise decides to trade them.
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3. Austin Reaves

Reaves continues to improve. The 25-year-old went undrafted in 2021 but quickly jumped into the Lakers rotation. He had a breakout second season and improved his production in year three, despite being a larger part of the scouting report every night.

Reaves averaged 15.9 points, 5.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 32.1 minutes per game. He shot 48.6 percent from the field and 36.7 percent on his 3-point tries this season. The 6’5 guard did not blossom into the Lakers' third star, but he has the look for a long-term starter and key rotation piece.

The Lakers are not trading Reaves for just anyone. They would only consider it if they are getting a star in return (subscription required). His floor spacing, playmaking, and offensive game are needed in LA, especially as LeBron takes on a smaller workload.

Reaves must improve his defense and continue rounding out his game. Still, it is not easy to find a plus-shooter who can drop 15 every night with five-plus dimes and four boards.

There will be plenty of interest in Austin Reaves this summer. He may be the piece that lands the Lakers a third star or the 6’5 guard might be LA’s fourth option next season. Either way, he is a key part of the team’s future and is still improving. Do not be surprised to see his value continue to climb as he reaches his prime.