The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a deal to acquire Patrick Beverley from the Utah Jazz, sources say

The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a trade to acquire Utah Jazz guard Patrick Beverley, sources told ESPN on Wednesday night.

The deal, which will be finalized Thursday morning, will send Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker and forward Stanley Johnson to the Jazz, sources said.

Beverley returns to Los Angeles after spending 2017-21 as a Clipper, bringing with him a steady ferocity and defensive presence that new coach Darvin Ham is determined to implement in a defense that ranks 21st in the league last season.

Beverley, 34, played a major role in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ return to the Western Conference playoffs last season before landing in Utah as part of the Rudy Gobert trade. Beverley was eager to join the Lakers in a trade, sources said, and was thrilled to learn of the impending deal.

Over the past five seasons, Beverley has held opponents to 41.9% shooting as the closest defender, second best among players defending 2,000 shots, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Beverley’s arrival on an expiring $13 million contract essentially leaves only LeBron James ($46.7 million) and Anthony Davis ($40.6 million) on the Lakers’ books in 2023-24, making them of significant salary-cap space to rebuild the roster around two NBA All-stars.

The Jazz acquired Horton-Tucker, 21, as the franchise moves toward a rebuild. Utah remains active in trade talks with All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. Horton-Tucker averaged 10 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Lakers last season.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.