The Lakers made a blockbuster trade involving Patrick Beverley

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The Los Angeles Lakers acquired custody Patrick Beverly in a trade with Utah Jazzwhich was finalized Thursday, August 25, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

The trade, which was originally said to be close to being finalized on Wednesday night (August 24), sends Beverley – who previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers Crypto.com Arena roommates, from 2017 to 21 — in Los Angeles in exchange for a caretaker Talen Horton Tucker and forward Stanley Johnsonconfirmed sources.

Veteran guard provides needed ferocity to recently hired Lakers head coach Darvin HamThe goal of improving the NBA’s 21st overall defensive unit in its first season.

Beverley has kept opposing teams’ closest shooters at 41.9% over the past five seasons, which is second among all NBA players defending 2,000 shots, according to data obtained by ESPN Stats. & Information.

Beverley, 34, was a key factor in the Minnesota Timberwolves playoffs last season, which saw the franchise clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2017-18, averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in the 2021-22 regular season. season, as well as 110 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in six playoff games.

The veteran, however, was included in a successful off-season trade this offseason in which the Timberwolves sent a horde of players to the Jazz in exchange for former three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.

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