Patrick Beverley Drops Statement After Lakers Trade Russell Westbrook
The Los Angeles Lakers agreed to a three-team trade and sent Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz. Trading Westbrook was option for quite some time. The veteran struggled in his first season with the team. Head coach Darvin Ham offered him a bench role and Westbrook’s performance was… decent. Nothing changes the fact that he was a bad fit for the Lakers. It’s time for him to go and find his home somewhere else.
The Westbrook trade didn’t surprise fans, players and coaches. Moreover, they saw it coming. The Lakers were linked to several trade partners. Utah was commonly mentioned as a trade destination for Westbrook. It’s finally happening! The Lakers got D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Jarred Vanderbilt. Westbrook joins the Jazz and Utah will also get the Lakers’ 2027 first-round pick. The Timberwolves are getting Mike Conley and three second-round picks.
Patrick Beverley is definitely a fan of this trade. He and Russell played together and this reunion brought him joy. He took to Twitter to express his excitement.
Pat Bev & D-Lo reunite in LA 💯 pic.twitter.com/jCL1NCC1BT— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 9, 2023
Lakers had to trade Russell Westbrook
LeBron James and Anthony Davis will get to play with new teammates. Russell could help the Lakers solve some of their issues. He is an efficient shooter and his shot-making skills has attracted the attention of many fans.
Beasley will find his spot on Ham’s roster, too. His shooting could help the Lakers win more games, but we don’t really know if Ham plans to give him a starting role.
Vanderbilt is expected to embrace a different role. He is not a solution to the Lakers’ shooting issues, but his defense is brilliant. Hopefully, Vanderbilt will boost the Lakers defense. There’s more. Vanderbilt’s rebounds will be of great help later in the season.
Westbrook is no longer a Laker. He was pretty loud on his way out, too. The one-time NBA MVP got into a headed conversation with head coach Ham. It was a rough stint and Westbrook had to deal with so much in LA. Fans disrespected him and we have believe that most LA fans celebrated this trade.