Veteran point guard Patrick Beverley had quite the jet summer. He was involved in a second offseason trade today when the Lakers got him from the Jazzwho acquired him as part of their return package for Rudy Gobert. Los Angeles sent a Utah swinger Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson in the exchange.
Because of his involvement in that Gobert trade, Beverley could not be added with another player’s contract before September 6 this year, when his overall restriction expires. However, as ESPN’s Bobby Marks (YouTube video link) notes, the Jazz did not have to wait until September to move Beverley because he was traded on his own in the agreement with the Lakers.
Marks believes the 6’4″ Horton-Tucker — who Marks considers essentially a small forward more than a shooting guard — and the 6’6″ Johnson, who played mostly at power forward with LA, are the better players in the deal and says, that their athletic upside is worth the risk for the Jazz. However, Marks believes that, as long as he can stay healthy, Beverley will be a better fit with Los Angeles than Horton-Tucker or Johnson proved to be.
Here’s more news and notes after the deal:
- In the wake of the Beverley business, Yassi Gozlan of HoopsHype considers possible next steps for both the Lakers and Jazz. Views of Gozlan Russell Westbrook as the next potential trade domino to fall in LA, and expect Utah to consider unloading other veterans on its roster.
- Both the Jazz and the Lakers benefited from the deal, respectively Zach Harper of The Football Club, which notes both clubs on the transaction. He notes that, in Beverley, the Lakers are adding a proven veteran ready to revitalize the club with contributions that go beyond the box score. On the Utah side of the equation, Harper writes that the Jazz are essentially banking on the potential of the 21-year-old Horton-Tucker.
- Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated also weighed in with his own business-level column, giving both clubs mediocre, passing scores.
- Talen Horton-Tucker will have plenty of opportunities to make plays with the ball in his hands in Utah, which could be the best use of his unique skill set and physical gifts, I think. Sam Vecenie of The Soccer Club. Horton-Tucker was an awkward fit in Los Angeles as a below-average three-point shooter who didn’t consistently defend at a high level. As an athletic creator, Horton-Tucker showed flashes of intrigue with his drive-and-kick playmaking. The Jazz will be able to give him more time to develop and improve in his current areas of strength, away from the win-now pressures of LA.