Jazz To Trade Patrick Beverley To Lakers

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The Lakers and Jazz are completing a transaction that guard will send Patrick Beverley to Los Angeles in exchange for Languages ​​Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Sources tell Wojnarowski the deal is on track to close on Thursday.

Beverley, 34, is a talented perimeter defender who can also make a positive contribution on offense. He helped the Timberwolves return to the playoffs last season, averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game in 58 games (25.4 MPG). He is also a 37.8% career three-point shooter in 10 NBA seasons.

Beverley, who has an expiring contract of $13MM, was traded from Minnesota to Utah as part of the Rudy Gobert blockbuster from last month. However, he was always seen as a candidate to be turned over to a new team as the Jazz are in retooling mode.

According to Wojnarowski, Beverley — who was in Los Angeles as Clipper from 2017-21 — was excited about the idea of ​​joining the Lakers in a trade and was “excited” when she learned of the LA-Utah agreement.

The Lakers have long been seen as a potential candidate for Nets’ point guard Kyrie Irving, who was considered the team’s main trading target this off-season. However, when Kevin Durant withdrew his trade request and it became clear that Irving was likely to remain in Brooklyn, Los Angeles proceeded to acquire another point guard without Russell Westbrook and design compensation in the deal.

Johnson, who has an expiring minimum wage contract for 2022/2023, is an NBA journeyman, so Horton-Tucker is the centerpiece of the package going to Utah. The former second-round pick had an up-and-down 2021/22 season for the Lakers, averaging 10.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 2.7 APG in 60 games (25.2 MPG), but struggled to score efficiently, with a modest firing line of .416/.269/.800.

Horton-Tucker is only 21 years old, so the Jazz probably see the athletic wing as a player with untapped potential. He is under contract for $10.26 MM in 2022/23, with a player option of $11.02 MM for the ’23/24 season.

Both the Lakers and the Jazz are candidates to close additional deals before the season starts.

LA still has Westbrook and its first-round picks for 2027 and 2029 to dangle in trade talks, and the idea of ​​making a play for the Pacers duo of Buddy Held and Myles Turner is even more intriguing now that the club has bolstered its backcourt by agreeing to buy Beverley. For now, the Lakers have $34MM in cap-room for the summer of 2023, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Twitter link), which will be a factor the team considers when weighing additional trades.

In Utah, meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell remains a trade candidate, and the Jazz would likely be open to discussing deals with veterans like Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley, Mike Conleyand Rudy Gay also.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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