The Lakers make a much-needed defensive improve to their backcourt by swapping Horton-Tucker for Beverley. Whereas each gamers’ salaries aren’t too far aside, Horton-Tucker’s alone falls simply $75,000 wanting matching Beverley’s straight up. This explains the inclusion of Johnson and his minimal wage since he might not have seen minutes for the Lakers in any case following the additions of Lonnie Walker IV, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Troy Brown Jr.
The Lakers and Jazz had been beforehand reported as potential commerce companions with Beverley heading to Los Angeles, in response to HoopsHype’s personal Michael Scotto. The Lakers had been in negotiations as a possible third workforce within the Mitchell to New York commerce discussions with frameworks together with Westbrook to Utah and a number of other different Jazz gamers like Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Malik Beasley additionally going to Los Angeles. With the Lakers and Jazz making a deal already, it’s doable these three-team talks are lifeless.
The Lakers’ luxurious tax fee goes up incrementally following this deal, however that would change by a possible Westbrook commerce. Whereas Beverley may play each guard positions, his arrival may point out that the Lakers are getting nearer to buying and selling Westbrook. With Kevin Durant dedicated to Brooklyn, it seems Kyrie Irving will stay with the Nets for now. One choice that would nonetheless be accessible for the Lakers consists of buying and selling Westbrook and draft picks to the Pacers for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield.
The Lakers misplaced a ton of 2023 cap house after extending LeBron James final week however had been nonetheless ready to generate round $20 million. Now that they received Horton-Tucker’s $11 million participant choice off their books, that projection rises to just about $30 million. Their cap house may get eradicated in the event that they prolong Beverley or commerce Westbrook for gamers and in addition prolong them.