Lakers Make Final Decision On Patrick Beverley Role
September 19, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Patrick Beverley a few weeks ago and the franchise had to find the right role for the veteran. Head coach Darvin Ham promised to find the best lineup for the Lakers, using both Beverley and Russell Westbrook. Let’s not forget that the Lakers signed Dennis Schroder, too. Russ is part of the Lakers team at the moment and he won’t go anywhere in the near future. Ham has to use Russ, Bev, Schroder, Austin Reaves, Kendrick Nunn, and Lonnie Walker IV.
Marc Stein reported that the Lakers will probably turn some of their guards into small forwards.
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“With Westbrook poised to remain a Laker when new coach Darvin Ham opens his first training camp as L.A.’s new coach, sources say Beverley is regarded internally by the club as a 3-and-D wing and not as a point guard at this stage of his career,” Stein wrote on September 18. “The Lakers, in other words, see Westbrook and Schröder as their point guards as of Sept. 18 … and the likes of Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, Austin Reaves, and Lonnie Walker IV as 2s and 3s.”
Lakers may have a different plan for Patrick Beverley and his future role with the franchise
Nick Wright from Fox Sports discussed Beverley’s situation with the Lakers. According to him, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka will trade Beverley at some point. He may be a good trade asset for the franchise.
““He says, ‘anywhere I go we make the playoffs.’ Fun fact, he was in Houston, they never made it out of Round 2…He then got hurt, and they make the conference finals for the first time since Hakeem (Olajuwon) was there.
“They then traded him, after not making another conference finals for a couple of years, then immediately make the conference finals again,” Wright said on the What’s Wright? With Nick Wright Podcast. “He goes to be Clippers and they’re a tough scrappy team and then they lose Kawhi Leonard, and they make the conference finals. Do you know what Ty Lue’s big adjustment was? He benched Patrick Beverley. And here’s the problem, the lack of self-awareness…October 25th … that’s the day he can be traded.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.