The Los Angeles Lakers have been trying to find someone who can get rid of Russell Westbrook following last year’s debacle on the floor. With a huge $47 million cap hit, trading him continues to be a huge obstacle.
To help improve the position, the team is interested in acquiring Patrick Beverley from the Utah Jazz, but they won’t give up Talen Horton-Tucker to make a deal happen, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.
“As such, according to one source familiar with the team’s thinking, there is no push forthcoming from the Lakers’ side to swap Talen Horton-Tucker (as rumored) for Patrick Beverley, who ranks as one of Utah’s very available veterans alongside Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanović and Jordan Clarkson,” Stein wrote.
Beverley was traded to the Jazz in the deal that sent Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As far as THT goes, the fourth-year pro has improved in each of his NBA seasons so far, averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this past season.
Horton-Tucker signed a three-year, $30.78 million extension with the Lakers last offseason.
Beverley has one year remaining on his contract worth $13 million.