The Lakers are finalizing a deal to acquire veteran guard Patrick Beverley from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report on Wednesday night.
The deal is expected to be completed Thursday morning, according to multiple reports.
Beverley, 34, is a 10-year NBA veteran who has played for the Clippers, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Jazz acquired him as part of the trade that sent center Rudy Gobert to Minnesota earlier this summer. Known for his feisty defense and vocal presence on the court, Beverley averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 25.4 minutes per game for the Timberwolves last season. Beverley, who started 54 of the 58 games he played in, shot 40.6% overall and a career-worst 34.3% from the 3-point range.
Beverley, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2009 before his rights were traded to the Miami Heat, has career averages of 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds ands 3.5 assists and career shooting percentages of 41.4% from the field and 37.8% from behind the arc.
Horton-Tucker, 21, spent his first three NBA seasons with the Lakers, who drafted him out of Iowa State in the second round (No. 46 overall) in 2019. He appeared in 60 games last year, averaging 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 25.2 minutes per game. He shot 41.6% overall and 26.9% from 3-point range.
Johnson is a 26-year-old power forward who spent time with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans before joining the Lakers last season. He averaged 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 46.6% from the field and 31.4% from behind the arc in 22.8 minutes per game. He played 48 games (27 starts) with the Lakers.
The Lakers might not be done retooling their roster, as they are widely believed to be trying to trade former league MVP Russell Westbrook, though the $47 million remaining on the final year of his contract makes him more difficult to move.