Lakers finalize trade to send Talen Horton-Tucker, Stanley Johnson to Jazz for Patrick Beverley, report says

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The Los Angeles Lakers should finalize a transaction that will send Talen Horton Tucker and Stanley Johnson to Utah Jazz in exchange for Patrick Beverly, by Adrian Wojnarowski. No pick will be implied in either team’s deal.

Beverley was distributed to the Jazz of the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this summer in the blockbuster Rudy Gobert Trade. But with the Jazz embarking on a rebuild – Donovan Mitchell may also be traded at some point this offseason – Beverley was a prime candidate to be moved 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 sorts of problems last season as 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. Part of that was down to injuries and part to poor roster construction, but wherever 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 defensively on the ball. He’s also a reliable 3-point shooter — 38.5 percent on catch and shot attempts last season — who can help space the floor. james lebron and provides additional play. While not the most exciting addition, he’s the type of solid role player the Lakers lacked last season.

For much of the summer, the league has been in limbo awaiting the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving situations to be resolved. With these two players now seemingly staying in Brooklyn, it will be interesting to see if the proverbial dam breaks and if more moves follow this Beverley trade.

The Lakers’ desire to send Russell Westbrook is no secret and now that Beverley is in town, they have someone who can take their place in the starting lineup. Of course, to do that they need to find another team willing to take Westbrook and that has proven difficult so far. Still, it’s a situation to watch closely over the next few weeks if more dominoes start falling.

There’s not as much to discuss on the Utah side. Danny Ainge started a takedown with the Gobert trade and there was no reason to keep Beverley as they joined the race to the bottom for Victor Wembanyama. They’ll see another young Horton-Tucker player who has shown some flashes as an interesting role player on defense but hasn’t been consistent at all on the offensive end. If they can develop it into part of their core for the future, great; otherwise, no big deal.

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