Austin Reaves: Lakers Rookie on NBA Draft Choice
NBA: LAKERS’ Austin Reaves explained why he chose not to be picked in NBA Draft
Austin Reaves turned down being drafted so he could pick his best fit, he said always bet on you yourself in a recent Podcast.
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Austin Reaves as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2021-2022 season which turned out to be one of the greatest steal in recent times.
According to Austin Reaves, the Detroit Pistons were willing to select him with the N0 42 overall selection in the 2021 draft. However, Reaves asked them not to select him because the Pistons planned on signing him to a two-way contract, rather than guaranteeing him a roster spot.
Knowing Austin Reaves says he and his agent made a tiered list of teams he most wanted to land with. The Lakers were No.2 on the list, only the Milwaukee Bucks and Reaves were okay with not hearing his name on draft night in order to land in the best situation possible for his Career.
Austin Reaves said “I didn’t really have to hear my name called either,” Reeves said. Obviously, I wanted to, but it was always about playing the long game.