The Los Angeles Lakers are just one of a several teams that are even now hunting to make roster updates with a thirty day period to go right until education camp starts, and with the Kevin Durant saga more than (for now), teams are going to be a little bit far more eager to make moves and fill up roster spots.
On Wednesday evening, phrase broke late that the Lakers experienced made their first trade of the offseason, but one particular that does not seem very likely to be their last, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski claimed they ended up finalizing a offer to send Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to Utah for Patrick Beverley, who joined the Jazz in the Rudy Gobert trade from Minnesota very last thirty day period.
Lakers and Jazz are predicted to finalize the deal on Thursday morning, delivering Beverley to LA following a short stayover with Jazz. No picks associated in the deal, for every resources. https://t.co/s4FjjrHu4q
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 25, 2022
Beverley will give L.A. the defensive-minded stage guard they drive on a roster without that correct now, and one particular would think this is a precursor to a offer that sends Russell Westbrook out. For 1, Beverley and Westbrook have a somewhat extended background of not liking every other, but the reality that the Lakers obvious an further roster location, dropping down to 13 by sending Horton-Tucker and Johnson out and only getting Beverley again, signifies they can much more quickly incorporate various players for Westbrook (which is vital presented his significant deal).
We’ll see if that’s the extended-rumored offer with the Pacers that would carry Buddy Hield and Myles Turner to L.A., or if there’s a further Westbrook suitor out there, but this is the very first actual indication that the Lakers have traction on an offseason program to reshape the roster beyond minimum amount signings. Beverley, to his credit rating, manifested this back again in May possibly when he went on ESPN and said the Lakers had been his prime location if he weren’t on the Wolves — and claimed his existence by itself would’ve gotten L.A. to the playoffs very last 12 months.