The Los Angeles Lakers, seeking to return to the elite of the National Basketball Association (NBA), are negotiating a trade with the Utah Jazz club.
Adrian Wojnarowski announces that the deal should be completed in the near future, by which “lakes” will receive Patrick Beverley. The California club will give for him Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in advanced talks on a trade to acquire Utah Jazz guard Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson, sources tell ESPN. Deal could be finalized as soon as Thursday.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 25, 2022
It is noted that only players are exchanged, so draft picks are not included in the agreement.
Mr. Beverley is being traded for the second time this offseason. He finished last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was sent to Utah in the Rudy Gobert trade in early July.
The 34-year-old, 185 cm tall defensive specialist in Minnesota collected 9.2 points (34 percent from three), 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals and 4.6 assists (a career best) in 25 minutes.
The move to the Lakers is intriguing for several reasons. Mr. Beverley had a clear confrontation with Russell Westbrook, which started after a collision that resulted in the latter’s missing meniscus in 2013, and more than one match between them was marked by push-ups. True, the offensive player himself said that the star he would most like to play with is LeBron James.
“Pat Bev trick y’all man. … He just running around, doing nothing”
Russell Westbrook and Pat Beverley are now teammates in LA 😬
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 25, 2022
The numbers of T. Horton-Tucker, 21 years old, 193 cm tall, are 25 minutes, 10 points (27 percent of three-pointers), 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
S. Johnson, 26 years old, 198 cm tall, collected 6.7 points (31 percent of three-pointers), 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 23 minutes.
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