Mickle Bridges dishes on Austin Reaves' 'underdog' narrative

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Reaves, who goes undrafted in 2021, has played a big role for the Los Angeles Lakers in each of the past two seasons.

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He shot 51.9 percent and averaged 13.0 points in 64 games in 2022–23 for the Lakers, who advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

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Reaves was a restricted free agent this summer and has potentially shown interest from multiple teams.

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However, he opted to re-sign with the Lakers on a four-year, $53,827,872 deal.

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USA Basketball has had three exhibition games ahead of the FIBA World Cup this summer. Reaves averaged 10 points per game off the bench.

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Bridges rose to fame with the Brooklyn Nets last season when he was drafted into the team as a replacement for Kevin Durant.

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He has NBA Finals experience and played in the same Pacific Division with the Phoenix Suns as Reaves.

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Reaves' performance has drawn respect from Lakers loyalists, including superstar forward LeBron James.

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who said he knew Reaves would make a very good player.

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