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“Somewhere in Salt Lake City, Danny Ainge is grinning” — Skip Bayless praises Danny Ainge for unloading Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker

Bayless can have some outlandish takes at times, but he's spot on in saying that the Lakers probably gave up too much for Beverley here.
Utah Jazz executive Danny Ainge and Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka

Danny Ainge and Rob Pelinka

The dominos have already begun to fall after the news that Kevin Durant would stay with the Brooklyn Nets next season broke. Given that every team was anxiously waiting to see what would happen with Durant, the league is beginning to come back to life now that there’s a resolution to his trade saga. One of the first bigger moves in the aftermath of the Durant drama was made when the Los Angeles Lakers picked up Patrick Beverley from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson.

Skip Bayless believes that Danny Ainge and the Utah Jazz fleeced the Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are looking to improve their defensive efficiency this upcoming season after struggling mightily on that end of the floor last season. Acquiring Beverley, one of the league’s most tenacious defenders, will help them do that. But did they give up too much to get Beverley by sending Horton-Tucker and Johnson back the other way?

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According to Skip Bayless, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Bayless believes that Utah’s GM Danny Ainge is probably sitting somewhere in Salt Lake City laughing because he was able to pull off this type of move. In Bayless’ eyes, Utah picked up a solid young player in Horton-Tucker and another rotation piece in Johnson in exchange for an aging veteran in Beverley, who has been on four teams over the past two seasons.

Skip Bayless is correct in saying the Los Angeles Lakers overpaid for Patrick Beverley

It’s clear what the Lakers are attempting to do with this move. But chances are they didn’t have to give up as much as they did to land Beverley. Neither guy may have featured prominently in L.A.’s rotation next season, but Horton-Tucker, in particular, could have fetched a more significant return here.

Utah couldn’t have hoped to get much more in return for Beverley, who they picked up in an even more lopsided trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Utah isn’t looking to contend this upcoming season, so having Beverley on their roster didn’t make much sense. They picked up Johnson, who figures to be a bench option, and got a young player in Horton-Tucker who still has upside.

You can’t ask for much in return for a veteran player who probably didn’t figure to play a big role for Utah moving forward. Beverley will certainly be a massive help for the Lakers this upcoming season, but it feels like they gave up too much to get him. 

Bayless is known to have some outlandish takes at times, but he hit the nail on the head here by saying that Ainge is probably over the moon that he turned Beverley into Horton-Tucker.

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