You probably got what we All Lakers think about the move that brought Patrick Beverley back to Los Angeles, albeit with a team that actually won a title before that time (we’re in favour).
Over four seasons with the Houston Rockets, four seasons with the (ugh) Los Angeles Clippers, and his final year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 34-year-old veteran has proven himself to be a solid leader, a staunch defender (he is a three-time All-Defensive Team honoree), an effective three-point shooter (he is a career three-point shooter on 37.8% on 4.2 attempts), and a solid ball cutter.
At this point in their career, he’s a better player than 2021-22 starter Russell Westbrook, who seems to lack all of those skills right now and oddly matches fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Is Beverley better right now than, say, Alex Caruso, the selfless combo guard and first defender the Lakers chose not to re-sign last summer so they could prioritize the re-signing of Talen Horton-Tucker, who gave them very little the past year and in turn was just turned over so LA could nab Beverley? No. They should have stayed with Caruso in the first place. But the Lakers front office, led by team president Rob Pelinka, is moving away from the smoldering wreckage that was the team’s 33-49 season last year.
The Lakers will most likely continue to try to get out of Westbrook’s $47.1 million contract. A deal for Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner and swingman Buddy Hield makes the most sense on the Los Angeles side, but it remains to be seen whether the Pacers will favor the Lakers’ picks in 2027 and 2029 for two players who could have lots of appeal across the League. The thing is, that’s not the final form the Los Angeles Lakers will take.
That’s where we are with the agreement.
But how did everyone feel when news of the swap first broke Wednesday night? Let’s do a check in.
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Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Boston Celtics mega-fan, thought about the trade as if it was happening in a vacuum and the Lakers wouldn’t make any further moves:
Rob Perez had a more discerning overall assessment of the deal in terms of what it meant for Westbrook’s future – although it doesn’t appear a trade for Westbrook has been finalized, hopefully LA has something thing in mind.
Timberwolves reporter Jon Krawczysnki of The Athletic explained how Beverley’s attitude could improve what had been a deeply discouraged and apathetic Lakers team last year:
Complex Sports, noting Westbrook and Beverley’s long-running feud, joked about their expected lack of on-court chemistry as if they would actually share the floor together this fall (again, that seems unlikely):
ESPN’s Allen Sliwa agreed that adding Beverley seemed like a solid win-win decision, and the loss of Talen Horton-Tucker’s potential and Stanley Johnson’s current abilities was worth it:
Molly Morrison, a very funny sequel to hoop heads on social media, alluded to the fact that Beverley, a famous and irritating pest on the floor, probably rubbed many Lakers fans the wrong way:
Now we move on to perhaps the most incisive tweet Lakers Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson has ever written (or ghost-written, anyway), which is exactly what spoke Morrison:
Tony Jones of The Athletic, a jazz writer, envisioned the future form of 21-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker at what appears to be a rebuilding Utah club:
Another jazz beat writer, Sarah Todd of the Deseret News, felt the same way about the appeal of Horton-Tucker (and Johnson, who actually helped the Lakers on the court last year in a limited role):