Lakers’ Austin Reaves Brings Up Player Recruiting On Team USA: ‘I Would Never’

Los Angeles Lakers young talent Austin Reaves did his thing with Team USA and many believe that he was engaged in player recruiting. Some even said that Reaves will follow LeBron James’ blueprint. No, that was not the case.

The young Laker spoke his mind about the whole discussion. Reaves even insists that he’d never do such thing.

“No, no, no,” he told Dan Woke from the LA Times. “Not me. I would never.”

NBA players would never break the rules. There have been huge incidents of this type and a lot of players have been accused of tampering, but that’s not the case with Reaves.

“I say the LA weather is good. And that’s it.”

Reaves says no to player recruiting; he was making friends

Reaves claims he wasn’t recruiting players, but he did say that he formed some strong bonds out there. He got the best of this experience. It was hard, but it was worth it.

“I had no idea, to be honest,” Reaves said. “Like I wasn’t going into it like, ‘I’m going to get really close with four, five, six,’ all these guys honestly. Like I told you when we were in Vegas, I really didn’t know what to expect. But, being able to form a relationship with all these guys — it’s not just Kal (Bridges) or just Cam (Johnson), Tyrese (Haliburton).

“Being able to form a relationship with everyone of these guys, the coaches. The amount of time we’re spending together, in a different country, can’t really go out. It’s hectic over here if you try to step foot out of the hotel so you’re kinda stuck in the hotel. You’re always around one another. Just being able to build those relationships, it’s cool to me.”

Reaves showed great performance during the tournament. He tried really hard despite not being able to put up strong numbers. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game on 52.5% shooting and 46.2% from the three-point line.