The Lakers will bring on veteran guard — and frequent nemesis — Utah Jazz’s Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson, sources with knowledge of the deal told The Times Wednesday night.
It’s the first big step for the team since LeBron James signed to a two-year extension last week.
Beverley, 34, played 58 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season after four years as an emotional leader for the Clippers. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the Timberwolves, though his three-point shooting fell to 34.3% — the lowest of his 10-year NBA career.
Beverley, who is considered one of the NBA’s biggest annoyances due to his defensive intensity and attitude, joins a backcourt that currently features former rival Russell Westbrook along with Kendrick Nunn, Lonnie Walker IV and Austin Reaves.
Beverley has had some durability issues and has only surpassed 60 games once in the last five seasons. He was traded from Minnesota to Utah as part of Rudy Gobert’s blockbuster deal earlier this summer and has since ended up with a different team.
Beverley was originally selected with the Lakers’ second-round pick in 2009, although they traded the pick for a future second-round pick and cash on draft night.
With the Clippers, Beverley helped bridge the gap between Chris Paul (he was acquired when Paul left for Houston) and Blake Griffin and the current Paul George-Kawhi Leonard iteration. During this time, Beverley embodied the Clippers’ toughness and fearlessness and helped them remain a playoff contender.
As recently as last season, he clashed with the Lakers and Westbrook, forcing the Lakers guard to make a turnover before holding his nose and shouting “He’s trash” at the next stoppage. In the 2013 playoffs, Beverley attempted to steal the ball while Westbrook stopped to take a time-out, injuring Westbrook’s knee in the process. The two are now teammates.
The Lakers also selected Horton-Tucker in the second round — this time in the 2019 NBA draft, and after just six games during a COVID-hit rookie season, he became a member of the team’s rotation in his second season.
The 21-year-old Horton-Tucker averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season, although he never developed into the versatile offense and defense player that coach Frank Vogel hoped for.
Horton-Tucker made 26.9% from three-point range last season — the lowest percentage for a player with at least three attempts per game.
“I feel like every situation that I’ve been in is almost like a learning experience, and being on the ball and being off the ball is just an experience that you need,” Horton-Tucker said after the season. “Obviously I felt better with the ball in my hands and I felt like I was succeeding with that, but learning how to play with the Stars is the main thing they wanted me to come in on, so that’s it.”
With Horton-Tucker traded, only LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain from the team that won the 2020 NBA Championship.
Johnson, a former prep star at Santa Ana Mater Dei High, played in 48 games last season after joining the team during a COVID outbreak and played his way into regular minutes. He started 27 games and averaged 6.7 points.
After the move, the Lakers have two open roster spots with the possibility of creating a third by forgoing Wenyen Gabriel, who has a non-guaranteed contract.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/story/2022-08-24/lakers-set-acquire-guard-patrick-beverley-talen-horton-tucker-stanley-johnson Lakers set to acquire veteran guard Patrick Beverley from Jazz