Lakers Acquire Mo Bamba, Send Patrick Beverley To Magic In Blockbuster Trade


Photo: Instagram/Mo Bamba

According to a report from The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to trade Patrick Beverley to the Orlando Magic for Mo Bamba.

The Magic will also receive second-round draft compensation from the Lakers.

The Lakers had acquired three second-round picks on Thursday from a trade with the Denver Nuggets, and some of those picks will now be rerouted to Orlando.

Photo: Instagram/Mo Bamba 

The Lakers have been searching for a center who can both shoot from long distance and defend the rim for some time.

They were linked to Myles Turner for years, but no trade ever materialized.

The hope was that adding this type of center would allow Anthony Davis to play more at power forward without sacrificing floor spacing.

Mo Bamba fits the bill, being a career 36 percent 3-point shooter and a 1.7 blocks per game shot-blocker last season.

With Bamba joining the front court, which has undergone significant changes during the season, the Lakers now have size and versatility they have lacked.

Along with Rui Hachimura and Jarred Vanderbilt, the Lakers have remade nearly half of their roster with Wednesday's trade of Russell Westbrook and Malik Beasley.

For the Magic, they move on from a former lottery pick in Beverley who had fallen out of favor in Orlando due to limited playing time since Jonathan Isaac's return.

The Magic have one of the best young front courts in the NBA with Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., and the Wagner brothers.

With no minutes left for Bamba, they traded him for what little value they could, and the Lakers were happy to oblige and finally find the 3-and-D center they have been searching for.

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