The Los Angeles Lakers traded Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Utah Jazz over the summer for veteran point guard Patrick Beverley. At the time, this looked like a genius trade for the Lakers (outside of throwing Johnson into the trade for absolutely no reason).
Beverley didn’t quite work out in Los Angeles, though. While he had his moments, the Lakers miscast him in the rotation and he simply was not a great fit with all of the guards on the roster. With him having an expiring $13 million contract, he became an obvious trade candidate for the team.
Los Angeles shipped Beverley and a second-round pick to the Orlando Magic for floor-spacing big man Mo Bamba. Beverley was quickly bought out by the Magic and signed with the Chicago Bulls to make a playoff push.
The Lakers are yet to play the Bulls this season and play them in back-to-back games in the second half. Every game is extremely important for the Lake Show and now that he is a member of the other team, Beverley seems pretty excited to get to play them twice in a key stretch (h/t The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone).
Patrick Beverley and the Bulls could end the Lakers’ playoff chances.
The Los Angeles Lakers do not have the luxury of losing a few games here and there in the second half. Los Angeles is the 13th seed in the Western Conference and is going to have to make up some ground just to get into the play-in this season.
It is not like the Lakers have to go 23-0 in the second half to make the playoffs but they still have to put together a respectable record. We predicted the team to have a winning record in the second half and that still might not be enough to make the playoffs.
Losing back-to-back games against the Bulls would be huge and for the wrong reason. Los Angeles only has six more games after the back-to-back games against the Bulls so Chicago legitimately could clinch the team out of the playoffs if they do not get off to a hot start in the second half.
This is who Pat Bev is, though. Just because he spent time in LA this season does not mean that he is going to take it easy on his former teammates. In fact, Beverley is likely going to go even harder at LA not only because the team traded him but because he is also playing other former teammates in D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt as well.
Regardless of the outcome, expect Beverley to be coming at the Lakers hard as he tries to get in the head of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the roster.