To everyone’s surprise, the Lakers picked up Pat Beverley last week, and to convince the Jazz, the Hollywood franchise parted ways with Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson. NBA champion in 2020, “THT” is only 21 years old, and we must not bury him too quickly after a failed season.
As proof, Hoopshype reports that the Pacers were interested in his profile as part of talks with the Lakers. Indiana was willing to pick up Russell Westbrook’s final year of contract, but executives wanted a few more pieces. In addition to two first draft rounds, they were therefore interested in Talen Horton-Tucker, trained at Iowa State as… Tyrese Haliburton.
In exchange, the Pacers were OK to send Buddy Hield, Myles Turner to the Lakers, but also the contract of Daniel Theis. Too high demands for the Lakers who still do not want to let go of their first two draft rounds, but also because they preferred to keep Horton-Tucker rather than recover Theis.
Upon arrival, the two parties abandoned discussions, and the Lakers preferred to set up an exchange with the Jazz.