Over time, the Los Angeles Lakers may find it more difficult to trade Kyrie Irving. The seven-time All-Star has yet to formally file a trade with the Brooklyn Nets and there has been little movement regarding a potential Kevin Durant deal. If Durant isn’t going anywhere, it’s hard to imagine Irving being traded.
As a blockbuster trade becomes less likely, the Lakers may need to look for other ways to improve the roster. That could mean the team is looking at Patrick Beverley, who was recently traded to the Utah Jazz as part of the Rudy Gobert deal. Beverley recently stated that he would be willing to join the Lakers if it were possible. While he was a team antagonist in the past, he would provide the team with experienced leadership and defense.
Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey suggested that the Lakers trade Talen Horton-Tucker and rookie Max Christie to the Jazz for Beverley:
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Beverley was once one of the best defensemen in the NBA, but now he’s 34 years old. He only made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2020, but trading him could go against what the Lakers are trying to achieve this offseason. According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Los Angeles is not interested in trading Horton-Tucker for Beverley as of this writing:
Adding strong defenders is always a good thing and Beverley would certainly make an impression on this side of the pitch. However, if Russell Westbrook is still on the team early in the season, there’s no way the Lakers can have both guards on the team. The two have a well-publicized beef that now dates back a few years.
Beverley has recently played well with LeBron James, which could improve his chances, but the guard has also dubbed the Lakers’ recent 2020 championship a “bubble championship.” He really did a lot to make Lakers fans dislike him. It would be an uphill struggle for her to embrace him.
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