West Rumors: Lakers, Austin Reaves, Suns, Mavericks


Guard Austin Reaves should receive plenty of offers this summer as a restricted free agent, per Jovan Buha of The Athletic. Reaves was often the Lakers’ third-biggest threat behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis this postseason.

That very well could mean a full maximum offer sheet from a rival club with cap space to spare, making it difficult for the Lakers to match — which they seemingly intend to do, per Buha.

But if an opposing offer for Reaves is massive, LA might have to think twice about it. Maybe not … but maybe.

  • While forward Rui Hachimura may not receive the type of offers given to Reaves as a restricted free agent, he also proved vital in the Western Conference finals vs. the Nuggets. The Lakers are expected to match offers for Hachimura as well, per Buha.
  • In case you missed it, Mavericks point guard Kyrie Irving has said he intends to take his time in making a decision in free agency. Irving, of course, has been linked to the Lakers and a James reunion. (Full post.)


  • The Suns are planning to interview several coaching candidates, including Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez on Thursday, and former Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Friday, per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports.
  • Vogel and Fernandez are just two of the reported candidates, joining the likes of ex-Raptors coach Nick Nurse, former 76ers coach Doc Rivers and Suns assistant Kevin Young, as we relayed here.
  • An interesting name not on the list — former Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. At one time, the Suns reportedly had an interest. But it appears they are not considering Budenholzer among the other supposed finalists.
  • Meanwhile, Young has reportedly received a “strong endorsement” from Suns shooting guard Devin Booker, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
  • Former Suns coach Monty Williams removed himself from the running for the Pistons vacancy, per Stein. Williams may have been the favorite in Detroit.


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