Veteran point guard Patrick Beverley has had quite a jet-set summer as he was involved in a second off-season trade today when the Lakers took it from the Jazzwho in turn had added it as part of his return package for Rudy Gobert. Los Angeles sent Utah swingman Languages Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson in the exchanged.
Beverley actually has a total restriction clause in his contract stating that he cannot be combined (aggregated) with another player’s contract before September 6 of this year, when the total restriction expires.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks (YouTube video link) explained why Beverley was not affected by the aggregation restriction. “Beverley is not combined with salary… there is no other player on the Utah Jazz going out in the deal,” said Mark. “If that was the case, they would have to go out in the first week of September.”
Marks believes that the 6’4″ Horton-Tucker, who essentially sees Marks as a minor striker more than a shooting guard, and the 6’6″ Johnson, who mainly played power forward at LA, are the better players in the game. the deal. and their athletic advantage is worth the risk. Marks also suggests that if he is able to stay healthy, Beverley will be a better match to Los Angeles than Horton-Tucker or Johnson have proven.
Here’s more news and comments after the deal:
- In the wake of the Beverley trade, HoopsHype’s Yassi Gozlan is considering possible next steps for both the Lakers and the Jazz. Gozlan is considering Russell Westbrook the next potential domino to be handed out in LA. Conversely, he expects Utah to consider adding other veterans to the list.
- Both the Jazz and the Lakers benefited from the deal, according to Sam Vecenie of The Athletic. Vecenie assesses both clubs on the transaction. He notes that the Lakers at Beverley are adding a proven veteran ready to revive the club with contributions beyond the box score. On the Utah side of the equation, Vecenie writes that the Jazz are essentially relying on the potential of 21-year-old Horton-Tucker. Sports Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni also weighed in with his own merchantable column, giving both clubs mediocre passing scores.
- Languages Horton-Tucker will have plenty of opportunities in Utah to play with the ball in his hands, which could be the best of his unique skills and physical abilities, says The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie. Horton-Tucker was an awkward fit in Los Angeles as a below average three-point shooter who didn’t defend consistently at a high level. An athletic creator, Horton-Tucker has shown flashes of intrigue with his drive-and-kick play. The Jazz will be able to give him more time to develop and improve in his current areas of strength, away from LA’s win-now pressures