Lakers choose a potential Austin Reaves replacement with free agency just days away, according to the most recent NBA trade rᴜmors.
Austin Reaves will leave the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, but a replacement could already have been selected.
Even though reports claim that LA will match any offer, Reaves may be too expensive for LA to maintain.
And it might give Jalen Hood-Schifino, the No. 17 selection, a bigger role with LeBron James’ team.
Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers have not yet reached an agreement, so trade speculations about him are still swirling.
Pacers strong contenders to sign Barnes
According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo NBA, the Indiana Pacers are among the favorites to sign Harrison Barnes from the Sacramento Kings.
Tyrese Haliburton, a developing point guard, and Barnes got along well while they were both living in Northern California at the same time.
Rick Carlisle, the head coach of Indiana, has also offered Barnes additional support going back to their time together with the Mavericks.
We’ll check to see if Barnes can expect a reunion.
Rockets radar, part two
It would take a maximum contract, which would top out at two years and $80 million, to entice VanVleet away from the Raptors.
According to Yahoo’s Jake Fischer, Dillon Brooks has also been connected to the Rockets.
Watch out for Brook Lopez and Houston, who traded explosive forward K.J. Martin to free up cap space.
Rockets radar, part one
The Houston Rockets have a long list of highly sought-after free agents on their wish list.
Although word has spread in league circles about Houston’s possibilities of luring seasoned point guard Fred VanVleet away from the Raptors, according to Yahoo NBA reporter Jake Fischer, Lakers guard Austin Reaves still seems to be an option for the Rockets.
Given that there have been fewer rᴜmors of a James Harden reunion in recent weeks, Houston is poised to make VanVleet a very appealing offer.
According to sources, the Rockets are considering signing players to short-term, high-paying contracts so they can use their $61 million in cap room to sign highly sought-after free agents.