Lakers agree $56 million deal with Austin Reaves after keeping D’Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura

Austin Reaves has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal to stay with the Lakers.  (AP)

The Los Angeles Lakers capped off a busy two days of free agency by agreeing to a four-year, $56 million deal with prized guard Austin Reaves, ESPN reported.

The deal saw the Lakers retain their top three free agents, after reaching D’Angelo Russell on a two-year, $37 million deal earlier on Saturday and agreeing to re-sign forward Rui Hashimura Friday.

Los Angeles also signs Miami Heat free agent Gabe Vincent to a three-year, $33 million deal and adds former Portland Trail Blazers forward Cam Reddish and former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince. The signings will help bolster the Lakers roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Keeping Reaves was a priority for the Lakers after a stellar season in which he shot 52.9% from the field, 39.8% on 3-point range and 86.9% from the free throw line while averaging 13 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Hachimura agreed to a three-year, $51 million deal to stay with the Lakers after his midseason trade to the Washington Wizards. Reddish joins Los Angeles on a minimum veteran contract, while Prince signs for one year and $4.5 million.

Vincent lands in Los Angeles after a playoff in Miami. He joined the Heat in a limited role as an undrafted free agent during the 2019-20 season. His play eventually landed him a part-time starting role and a two-year, $3.48 million contract for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. He made 34 starts in 68 regular season games last season, averaging 9.4 points, 2.5 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 40.2% from the floor and 33.4 % at 3 points distance.

He increased his production and was a key contributor in Miami’s surprise run to the NBA Finals as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Vincent started Miami’s 22 playoff games, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 40.2% from the field and 37.8% at 3 points on 6.1 attempts per game. His intense long-range efforts as well as those of his teammates were a big part of Miami’s playoff success.

Vincent’s prior career earnings totaled $3.5 million over three more seasons with the Heat.

Now he joins a Lakers team determined to dethrone NBA champion Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference. His playoff composure surely played a part in their decision to sign him.

Hachimura thrived in the playoffs with the Lakers on their journey to the Western Conference Finals. He averaged 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in a bench role while shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 48.7 percent on 2.4 3-pointers per game in 16 playoff games. He was a restricted free agent before accepting his new contract.

Former Lakers goaltender Dennis Schröder, meanwhile, would leave Los Angeles to join the Raptors after Fred VanVleet left Toronto to join the Houston Rockets.

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