The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz will complete a trade Thursday morning that will see veteran guard Patrick Beverley go to Los Angeles in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanely Johnson, first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to Wojnarowski, no draft picks are to be included in this trade from either side.
The Lakers have long been looking to find a deal this offseason that could help them improve at every position on the floor, and Beverley has been linked to them in recent weeks.
After a very disappointing 33-49 season in which Los Angeles missed the playoffs, the mindset of the Lakers’ front office this offseason was to try to add versatile, dynamic talent around their stars in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
Patrick Beverley has been in the league for 10 years now and the constant in his game has always been his defensive presence. Beverley is one of the better on-ball defenders in the entire league, swarming his opponents and always being an energetic guy every single night, something the Lakers sorely lacked a season ago.
Beverley ended up on Utah’s roster due to the Rudy Gobert trade made with the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this offseason, and now finds himself on his fifth different team in two offseasons. Of course, this includes the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies (for whom he never played a game), Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz (for whom he never played a game) and now the Los Angeles Lakers.
There has been talk recently that the Jazz may want to waive Patrick Beverley since he entered the final year of his contract after being dealt from Minnesota, but getting two younger former first-round picks in Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson is definitely decent value for Utah to take back. After all, they really have nothing to lose here in this scenario, especially if they’re going to go into what appears to be a full-on rebuild.
This move by the Los Angeles Lakers and general manager Rob Pelinka may not be the final deal they are looking to make this offseason, especially given all the talk surrounding Russell Westbrook’s future with the team.
Once this trade is completed, the Lakers will have an additional open roster spot they can use, which could put them in line to make another trade before training camp in September.
Patrick Beverley, now 34 years old, is coming off a 2021-22 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves in which he averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game over 58 regular season games.
It will be interesting to see if the Lakers use the veteran guard in their starting unit or have him come off the bench as their sixth man behind Russell Westbrook, that is, if Westbrook is still on the team to start the 2022-23 season. .