FILE – Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (right) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant during an NBA playoff game April 26, 2022. The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Beverley with the Utah Jazz in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson | Photo by Brandon Dill, The Associated Press, St. George News
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Beverley is back in Los Angeles, this time joining LeBron James and the Lakers.
A fan favorite while playing for the Clippers, Beverley was acquired from the Utah Jazz on Thursday in exchange for guard Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson.
“I woke up a Laker!!! It’s on!!!” Beverley wrote in a Tweet that included purple and gold heart emojis.
He averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists for Minnesota last season while starting 54 of 58 games and helping the Timberwolves qualify for the playoffs. He ended up in Utah on a multiplayer contract when the Jazz sent Rudy Gobert to Minnesota in early July.
“We are delighted to add the tenacity and competitive spirit of Patrick Beverley to our team,” said general manager Rob Pelinka. “We’re confident that Patrick’s ‘3-and-D’ style will blend seamlessly with the other pieces on our list and align perfectly with Coach (Darvin) Ham’s ethos of hard work and smart play.”
The 34-year-old guard from Chicago is known for his fierce defense which has made him popular with home crowds and a thorn in the backs of opposing players. The three-time NBA All-Defensive Team member played for the Clippers from 2017-21 until he was traded to Memphis and then Wolves nine days later.
“I hated Patrick Beverley when he played against my Lakers lol but now I love him because he’s on our team and he’s going to help my Lakers get to the playoffs!” Lakers great Magic Johnson tweeted.
Beverley played for Houston from 2012 to 2017.
Horton-Tucker played three seasons with the Lakers, averaging 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 131 games, mostly off the bench.
Johnson started last season with the NBA development league South Bay Lakers before signing three separate 10-day contracts with the big league club. He was signed by the Lakers for the remainder of the season in late January. In 48 games, he averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
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