With its efforts to acquire Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is going nowhere, the Los Angeles Lakers are considering other options in case Irving isn’t completely there.
Another player he is reportedly interested in is Utah Jazz guard Patrick Beverly, a veteran who is an excellent defender and solid 3-point shooter.
But the Lakers are only willing to pay a fair price for that.
Via Lakers Daily:
“The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly not interested in trading Utah Jazz guard Talen Horton-Tucker for guard Patrick Beverly.
NBA insider Mark Stein wrote, “While they continue to register the league’s only tangible business interest in Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn, it is also true that the Lakers have prioritized adding speed, youth and athleticism to the roster.” ” “That way, according to a source familiar with the team’s thinking, there is no push from the Lakers to swap Talen Horton-Tucker (as rumoured) for Patrick Beverly, who lives in much of Utah with Mike Connelly. Ranks as one of the giants available. , Bojan Bogdanovich and Jordan Clarkson. The Jazz acquired Beverly and Malik Beasley in the Rudy Gobert trade and made Beasley available as well.'”
Horton-Tucker is young and has the tools to be a good player, but after three seasons in the NBA, he hasn’t dropped, at least not yet.
The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 10.0 points at 25.2 minutes per game last season, but he took just 26.9 percent of shots from 3-point range and 41.6 percent of the overall.
However, Horton-Tucker may still have business value around the league due to his potential as a 21-year-old.