Lakers trade Talen Horton-Tucker to Utah Jazz for Patrick Beverley

 | August 25, 2022

Lakers Forward Stanley Johnson will also be sent to the Jazz for Beverley.


The Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are finalizing a trade to send Talen Horton-Tucker (LA) and Stanley Johnson to Utah for Patrick Beverley.

Beverley referenced the deal in a tweet on Thursday morning, writing that he "woke up a Laker!"

This is an interesting move (in our opinion) for the Lakers. Talen Horton-Tucker is a young, talented guard that showed growth and promise while he was in Los Angeles.

Beverley, on the other hand, brings menacing energy and defensive ability to the Lakers. It’s more than likely that Beverley will come off the bench for Los Angeles. He could also play the point guard position and the Lakers could slide Russell Westbrook over to shooting guard.

Beverley, 34, comes back to Los Angeles after spending 2017 to 2021 with the Clippers.

The Lakers defense ranked 21st in the league last season, which is likely why this trade occurred in the first place.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Beverley has held opponents to 41.9% shooting as the closest defender over the last five seasons. He ranks second best among players defending 2,000 shots in this category.

Beverley's arrival on an expiring $13m contract leaves only LeBron James ($46.7m) and Anthony Davis ($40.6m) taking up the Lakers salary in 2023-24.

The Jazz will receive Horton-Tucker who averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Lakers last year and Stanley Johnson.

Los Angeles will likely use the remaining cap space to sign a few more notable players.


The Author

Ricky Gray

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Offers, bonuses, and tips sent straight to your inbox