The Lakers look to have made a late offseason move Wednesday night, with multiple reports indicating they’re on the cusp of acquiring veteran point guard Patrick Beverley from the Jazz.
Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson would be off to Utah in exchange.
Beverley was viewed as a key contributor to the Timberwolves’ return to the playoffs last season, starting 54 games and averaging 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists while connecting on 34.3% of his 3s. Included as part of the five-player, five-pick package for Rudy Gobert in July, Beverley will pass through Utah without suiting up for the Jazz. Barring any further moves by the Lakers, Beverley would be in the backcourt mix alongside Russell Westbrook, with whom he shares a contentious history.
Horton-Tucker plateaued in his third season with L.A., despite playing a larger role (25.2 mpg vs. 20.1 in 2020-21). Johnson, originally drafted No. 8 overall by Detroit in 2015, latched on with the Lakers following a few 10-day contracts, ultimately averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 22.8 minutes across 48 games (27 starts).
Lakers and Jazz are expected to finalize the deal on Thursday morning, delivering Beverley to LA after a brief stayover with Jazz. No picks involved in the deal, per sources. https://t.co/s4FjjrHu4q
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 25, 2022
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 25, 2022
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