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Austin Reaves Reveals What The Lakers Are Missing

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For the second straight season, the Los Angeles Lakers were knocked out of the NBA playoffs by superstar Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, with Mike Malone’s squad making easy work of Anthony Davis and company in five games.

One of the main reasons for the Lakers simply being unable to get past the Nuggets is the presence of Jokic in the paint, who dominated Los Angeles from start to finish throughout the first-round series.

During the second round against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it became pretty obvious how to potentially contain Jokic, as Chris Finch had a number of players he could throw at the three-time NBA MVP, namely Naz Reid and Rudy Gobert.

That said, bringing in a formidable big that can hold his own against Jokic defensively should be a priority for the Lakers this summer, and it appears guard Austin Reaves agrees with that theory to bring in a physical big man, as he told Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation.

“There’s obviously room for improvement,” Reaves said. “I think one thing I personally thought we could’ve had was a more physical five, especially when you run into someone like [Nikola] Jokic.”

I sat down with Lakers guard Austin Reaves for @LakersNation and asked what the Lakers need to add to their roster in order to contend. He mentioned one thing specifically that the front office needs to find: pic.twitter.com/mkiIuVK5sn

— Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane) June 26, 2024

Fortunately for the Lakers, the team will have some options to explore this summer to bring in a physical frontcourt player either during the 2024 NBA Draft or in NBA free agency.

The Lakers have the No. 17 overall pick in Wednesday’s draft and might be able to bring a veteran like Jonas Valanciunas in free agency, which makes this offseason an interesting one for Los Angeles.

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