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Lakers predicts he will trade the recently acquired guard as soon as possible

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The Patrick Beverley experience got off to a quick start for the Los Angeles Lakers. The polarizing Guardian has always had a penchant for wild comments, and that’s yet to change. It’s no secret that the Lakers were a disaster last year and didn’t even sniff the playoffs despite having a roster littered with future Hall of Famers.

Beverley was with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season and made the playoffs. His team was eliminated in the first round, but that wasn’t enough to shatter the Guardian’s confidence. He recently explained that LeBron James and Anthony Davis “get to play with him” because he actually made the playoffs last season. In his opinion, being the fourth or fifth best player on a team eliminated in Round 1 of the playoffs is better than being two years away from winning a championship.

Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright is not a fan of Beverley and was stunned by his comments.

“He says, ‘Everywhere I go, we’ll make the playoffs.’ Fun fact, he was in Houston, they never made it out of Round 2,” Wright said of Beverley on What’s Wright? With Nick Wright” Podcast. “Then he got injured, they reach the conference finals for the first time since Hakeem (Olajuwon).

“They then traded him after not making another conference final for a couple of years and then immediately made it back to the conference finals. He becomes Clippers and they’re a tough, scrappy team, and then they lose Kawhi Leonard, they make it to the conference finals. Do you know what Ty Lue’s big change was? He benched Patrick Beverly. And here’s the problem, the lack of self-confidence.”

Wright then proceeded to attack Beverly’s comments head on.

“Then the Lakers called them, they said, ‘Hey, we got this kid, Talen Horton Tucker,’ and the Jazz said, oh, the guy who, according to the nerdy numbers, had the second-worst player efficiency rating value to the substitute player.” across the league to get regular minutes last year?’ They’re like, ‘Yes, we want to sell him to you,'” Wright said.

“And this team said, ‘Oh boy, we’d give you Pat Bev straight one-on-one, will you?’ That’s it. And this damn guy says, LeBron James, arguably the greatest player of all time, undeniably one of the top three greatest players of all time, and Anthony Davis, who’s a top 75 guy and a champ, they get to play with me because I do didn’t make the playoffs last year.”

LeBron won’t be starting with a new teammate, but he can’t love how Beverley handled himself in his early days as a Laker. If he continues to be an antagonist, there’s a chance he’ll be shown the door sooner than expected. It’s notable that LeBron has yet to say anything about the Beverley acquisition but has responded immediately to the recent signing of Dennis Schroder.

The Lakers aren’t allowed to trade the guard just yet as it was only recently acquired, but that will change on Oct. 25, 2022. Wright predicts Beverley could be moved as soon as possible.

“October 25th… that’s the day it can be traded,” Wright said in First Things First.

It would certainly be surprising for the Lakers to be pissed off at Beverley so soon, but it’s not like they have a huge investment. It was clear that Talen Horton and Tucker’s contract was a bad choice, allowing the team to walk away from it. But Beverely has already served its purpose. The recent addition of Schroder makes it easier to get rid of the guard.

However, the Lakers likely traded for Beverly because they believe he can help. He can be irritating, but that’s typical on opposing teams. It’s hard to imagine he’ll make many more disturbing comments about his Superstar teammates while on the team. He could be a trade piece, but the Lakers aren’t counting the day to move him just yet.

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