Jazz To Trade Patrick Beverley To Lakers – hoopsrumors.com

Jazz To Trade Patrick Beverley To Lakers - hoopsrumors.com

The Lakers and Jazz finishes a business that will send a guard Patrick Beverley to Los Angeles vs Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnsonreports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sources tell Wojnarowski that the deal was finalized on Thursday.

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

Beverley, who is on an expiring $13MM contract, was traded from Minnesota to Utah as part of the Rudy Gobert hit song last month. However, he was always viewed as a candidate to be flipped to a new team, given that the Jazz are in rebuilding mode.

According to Wojnarowski, Beverley — who was in Los Angeles as a Clipper from 2017-21 — was enthusiastic about the idea of ​​joining the Lakers in a trade and was “thrilled” to learn of the deal between LA and Utah.

The Lakers have long been viewed as a potential suitor for the Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, which was considered the team’s main trade target this offseason. However, after Kevin Durant withdrew his trade request and it became clear that Irving would likely remain in Brooklyn, Los Angeles pivoted to acquiring another point guard without having to include. Russell Westbrook and draft compensation in the agreement.

Johnson, who has an expiring minimum salary for 2022/23, is an NBA journeyman, so Horton-Tucker is the centerpiece of the package headed 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 struggling to score effectively, with a modest shooting line. of .416/.269/.800.

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

Both the Lakers and Jazz are candidates to make additional deals before the season begins.

LA still has Westbrook and its 2027 and 2029 first-round picks to hang on to in trade discussions, and the idea of ​​making a play for the Pacers duo of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner is even more interesting now that the club have fortified their backcourt by agreeing to sign Beverley. Currently, the Lakers have $34MM in room for the summer of 2023, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Twitter link), which will be a factor the team considers as its weighs 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 too.

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