Patrick Beverley trade grades: Lakers get ‘B’ as they toughen up defense and send Talen Horton-Tucker to Jazz


The Los Angeles Lakers have finalized a deal that will send Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Patrick Beverley, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Neither team will be involved in the deal.

Beverley was shared with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jazz in the blockbuster Rudy Gobert trade earlier this summer. But with the Jazz beginning to rebuild – star guard Donovan Mitchell could also trade this off-season somewhere – Beverley was a prime candidate to be diverted to another team.

Beverley, a veteran and one of the strongest perimeter defenders in the league, is much more excited about this Lakers roster. The Lakers had all sorts of trouble last season when they finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs, but few were greater than their inability to stop anyone; they allowed 112.8 points per 100 possessions, which was 21st in the league. Some of that was due to injuries and some of that was poor squad composition, but no matter where you want to put the most blame, the main fact is that they just weren’t good enough defensively.

Beverley won’t solve all their problems, but he will single-handedly make them stronger and better on the defensive side of the ball. He’s also a reliable three-point shooter — 38.5 percent of last season’s catch and shoot attempts — which can help spread the floor around LeBron James and provide some extra playing skill. While not the most exciting addition, he is the type of solid role player the Lakers missed last season.

For much of the summer, the league has been in limbo until the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving situation is resolved. With both players now seemingly staying in Brooklyn, it will be interesting to see if the proverbial dam breaks and more moves follow this Beverley trade.

The Lakers’ desire to send out Russell Westbrook is no secret and now that Beverley is in town, they have someone who can take his place in the starting lineup. To do that, of course, they need to find another team that wants to take over Westbrook and that has proved difficult so far. Still, that’s a situation to watch closely in the coming weeks as more dominoes begin to fall.

There’s not much to discuss from Utah’s side. Danny Ainge started a break with the Gobert trade and there was no reason to keep Beverley around as they entered the race to the bottom expecting the No. 1 to pick Victor Wembanyama. They get a look at another young player in Horton-Tucker who has shown some flashes as an interesting defensive first role player, but has been inconsistent at all on the offensive. If they can develop him into a part of their core for the future, great; if not, no problem.

Trade figures

Lakers: Beverley is a solid asset to the Lakers as he will bring some intensity and tenacity – especially on defense – that the team simply lacked last season. He is also offering them some additional security at the point guard position given the uncertainty over Westbrook’s future with the franchise. If Westbrook is eventually traded, Beverley could step into the vacant starting spot. Or, if he’s just having a bad night and Darvin Ham wants to go in a different direction, Beverley offers the coach another viable option. It will be interesting to see how well Westbrook and Beverley can coexist in the locker room, as the two have experienced. problems in the past.

While Beverley’s impact will probably be felt most on the defensive side, he also projects as a solid fit in LA on the other side. He’s not the type of player who needs a lot of plays to be effective, which is good because the Lakers already have a few. In addition, as a 37 percent career long-range shooter, Beverley will be able to divide the floor around James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers have been hesitant to move Horton-Tucker in the past, but in Beverley they got a player better equipped to contribute to a team that is under a lot of pressure to make a playoff run. Horton-Tucker could prove to be the better player in the long run, but the Lakers are in win-now mode and that’s why the move was made. Figure: B

Jazz: The Jazz are one Donovan Mitchell trade away from being in the midst of a full rebuild, so it makes sense that they would flip an established Beverley veteran for a young player in 21-year-old Horton-Tucker, who may have another advantage. Last season, he averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 25.2 minutes per game for the Lakers — numbers that could potentially improve in an expanded role on a rebuilding Jazz team. The Lakers have been high on Horton-Tucker for quite some time and now the Jazz hope he continues to improve.

Stanley Johnson is a serviceable role-player, but it remains to be seen how big of a role he will have in Utah. He feels mostly thrown into the deal. In fact, Utah got a player who might fit into their long-term plans in exchange for someone who didn’t. Figure: B-

The Valley Voice
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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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