Lakers finalizing trade to send Talen Horton-Tucker, Stanley Johnson to Jazz for Patrick Beverley, according to report – CBS Sports

Lakers finalizing trade to send Talen Horton-Tucker, Stanley Johnson to Jazz for Patrick Beverley, according to report - CBS Sports

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The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to complete a trade that will send Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Patrick Beverley, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. No picks will be involved in either team’s deal.

Beverley was traded to the Jazz of the The Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this summer in the overflow Rudy Gobert trade. But with the Jazz embarking on a rebuild — Donovan Mitchell may be traded at some point this offseason as well — Beverley was a prime candidate to be redirected to another team.

A veteran and one of the toughest perimeter defenders in the league, Beverley makes a lot more sense on this Lakers roster. The Lakers had all kinds of problems last season when they finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs, but few were bigger 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 it was poor roster construction, but regardless of where you want to place most of the blame the key fact is that they just weren’t good enough defensively.

Beverley won’t solve all of their problems, but he will single-handedly make them tougher and better on the defensive side of the ball. He’s also a reliable 3-point shooter — 38.5 percent on catch-and-shoot attempts last season — who can help space the floor around LeBron James and offers additional playmaking. While he’s not the most exciting addition, he’s the kind of solid role player the Lakers missed last season.

During much of the summer, the league was in limbo waiting for the situations of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to be resolved. With both of those players now apparently staying in Brooklyn, it will be interesting to see if the proverbial dam breaks and more moves follow this Beverley trade.

The desire of the Lakers to send Russell Westbrook is not a secret and now that Beverley is in town they have someone who can take his place in the starting lineup. Of course, to do that they have to find another team that is willing to take Westbrook and that has proven difficult up until this point. However, this is a situation to watch closely over the coming weeks if a few more dominoes start to fall.

There’s not that much to discuss from the Utah side of things. Danny Ainge started a teardown with the Gobert trade and there was no reason to keep Beverley around as they join the race to the bottom for Victor Wembanyama. They’ll get a look at another young player in Horton-Tucker, who has shown some flashes as an intriguing defensive lineman but hasn’t been consistent at all on the offensive end. If they can develop him into part of their core for the future, great; if not, it doesn’t matter.

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