Lakers trade for Patrick Beverley

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According to numerous sources, the Lakers appear to have made a late offseason move Wednesday night as they appear to be close to acquiring veteran point guard Patrick Beverley from the Jazz.

Stanley Johnson and Talen Horton-Tucker would depart for Utah in exchange.

Beverley, who started 54 games and averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists while making 34.3% of his 3-point attempts

was seen as a crucial factor in the Timberwolves' return to the playoffs last season.

Beverley won't play for the Jazz during his time in Utah because he was part of the five-player, five-pick transaction that was traded for Rudy Gobert in July.

Beverley would be competing for a backcourt spot with Russell Westbrook, with whom he has a difficult past, barring any other Lakers moves.

Despite having a bigger role in his third season with Los Angeles, Horton-Tucker reached a plateau (25.2 mpg vs. 20.1 in 2020-21).

Johnson, who was selected by Detroit with the No. 8 overall pick in 2015, eventually stayed with the Lakers after a couple 10-day contracts, eventually averaging 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 22.8 minutes over 48 games (27 starts).

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