The Lakers have been rumored to want to trade for Kyrie Irving throughout the summer, but it is unlikely to be realized, because there is news recently that Irving will stay on the team in the new season, and the Nets have indicated to other teams that they do not intend to trade Irving.
The Lakers, who were forced to shift their target, set their sights on another point guard, Patrick Beverley. Reporter Adrian Wojnarowski just broke out that the Lakers are in advanced negotiations with the Jazz. The content of the transaction is that the Lakers send Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson in exchange for Beverley, which does not involve a draft pick.
Wojnarowski said a deal could happen as soon as Friday, and posted a photo of Beverley and LeBron James, suggesting a deal would almost certainly happen.
In fact, after Beverley was traded to the Jazz by the Timberwolves, he publicly bombarded the team several times, indicating that he was uneasy about the Jazz’s intention to trade Mithcell, and wanted to know the direction of the Jazz in the new season. Now that he has come to the Lakers, I believe he will try his best to help the Lakers get rid of last season’s slump.
Lakers guards Westbrook and Beverley history
Los Angeles Lakers fans were surprised and delighted by a sudden trade today. In any case, seeing Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook on the same team is full of “excitement”, and now the two will try to let go of their past troubles as teammates fight.
These two characters have been at war with each other since the 2013 playoffs when Beverley injured Westbrook and ruined the Oklahoma City Thunder’s chances of returning to the Finals.
The chemical effect of bringing the two together this time is still unimaginable. If you are lucky, they may inspire each other’s fighting spirit. If you are unfortunate, it may soon cause a storm in the teapot.
Whether Lakers fans liked him in the past or not, now they have to start accepting that Patrick Beverley is about to become a member of the Purple and Gold. Likewise, fans know Beverley’s best contribution to the Lakers is his mad dog defense.
Beverley averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game last season, and he successfully helped the Timberwolves return to the playoffs for the second time in many years.