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Patrick Beverley's trade shows the Lakers don't know what they're doing

By James Brown

Patrick Beverley's trade shows the Lakers don't know what they're doing

The Lakers have gone full circle as they traded away Talen Horton-Tucker for Patrick Beverley after sending away Alex Caruso for THT.

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The Lakers finally made a move during this offseason as they traded for Utah Jazz' Patrick Beverley. The Lakers had to send Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson in order to get an all-NBA defensive player. The addition of Beverley might be a step forward, but sending Talen Horton-Tucker away might be two steps backwards.

THT wasn't by any means a top player on the Lakers. He averaged 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists during his three seasons with the team. However, the problem with sending him to the Jazz is that, not so long ago, they opted to keep him over a fan-favorite, Alex Caruso.

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The Lakers tried to trade Horton-Tucker multiple times throughout the season. However, they opted to keep him, trying to show they were doing the right thing in choosing him over Caruso. THT even dropped a career-high 40 points against the Golden State Warriors, showing the potential is there.

Now the Lakers have decided they are in a ‘win or bust’ situation by trading away a 21 year-old player with 34-year-old defensive player that might not be in his prime anymore. Still, sending away THT, who had been taken over Caruso, shows the Lakers don't have a real plan.

Why Beverley is a good idea

Russell Westbrook's beef aside, Pat Beverley is a nice fit, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Lakers finished bottom ten in defensive efficiency last season, so that was a necessity to improve and Beverley is by far the best player on the team on that side of the ball.

 


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