The Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers have finalized a trade they discussed late Wednesday evening, sending Patrick Beverley to California while Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson both head to Salt Lake City. Here’s a look at how the deal grades out for both franchises.
The Patrick Beverley trade to the Lakers is complete, sources tell ESPN. Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson join the Jazz. https://t.co/fHzG4BCWJt— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 25, 2022
Utah probably could’ve gotten a first-round pick out of Beverley’s expiring deal near the deadline from a contender, but getting two young players in Horton-Tucker and Johnson without much of a financial pinch is not bad. The former has more upside and holds a player option for 2023-24, while Johnson provides some solid two-way play in the rotation. Utah is in a rebuild, so the Jazz are willing to pick up guys with upside and see if they work out.
Getting Beverley means the Lakers are highly likely to deal Russell Westbrook. That alone makes this a worthwhile trade for LA, who gets out of potentially re-signing Horton-Tucker on a sizable contract. Beverley is a quality defender and three-point shooter, something the Lakers missed last season. LA also kept both its first-round picks, which is a win. Horton-Tucker was underwhelming with the Lakers and Johnson doesn’t have more upside than a rotation player. This was a good deal and it means the Lakers almost have to deal Westbrook to avoid locker room drama.