LA Lakers ‘make SHOCK trade for point guard Patrick Beverley’ from Utah Jazz as they link up with LeBron James… but could that spell the end for Russell Westbrook as the two had angry skirmishes in the past?
- After being traded this offseason, Beverley returns to Los Angeles
- Jazz get guard Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson in return
- Beverley has a long troubled history with new teammate Russell Westbrook
Late Wednesday, the Los Angeles The Lakers added a key defensive piece to their team by reportedly acquiring guard Patrick Beverley from the Utah Jazz.
According ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowskithe other way, guard Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson.
Beverley spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he helped them win their first playoff game since 2018. He also spent time in Los Angeles as a member of the Clippers.
He had been traded from the Timberwolves to the Jazz as part of a package that landed Minnesota All-Star center Rudy Gobert.
Point Guard Patrick Beverley was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Los Angeles Lakers
The University of Arkansas product has already made clear his intention to join the Lakers to partner with LeBron James.
“If I was a free agent and Minnesota and I disagreed on a number, yes,” Beverly told ESPN’s First Take in May.
“I wouldn’t even hesitate. Just so I can play with a super like [James], being able to choose your brain, being able to be a star in any role I have, playing alongside Russell Westbrook…fantastic. Playing for the Lakers, I couldn’t ask for a better job.
Beverley has previously expressed interest in joining LA to play alongside LeBron James
NBA fans heard this statement and immediately questioned it, especially the part about Russell Westbrook.
The two point guards have had intense exchanges in the past – with a long history of injuries and arguments.
The most notable incident between the two happened when Beverley was with the Houston Rockets. He met Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Playoffs first round.
Beverley acquisition will ruffle the feathers of Lakers players, especially Russell Westbrook
Beverley attempted to steal the ball from Westbrook as the latter called for a time out. The ensuing collision tore Westbrook’s meniscus, requiring surgery and ending his season.
With the move, Westbrook’s time in Los Angeles with the Lakers could be over, with some Laker fans unable to see a scenario where the two are on the same team.
Rumors swirled that the Lakers front office was looking to move Westbrook the entire offseason.