The Lakers will acquire center Mohamed Bamba from the Magic in exchange for veteran guard Patrick Beverley, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Orlando will also receive a second-round draft pick and cash in the deal, according to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press (Twitter link).
Bamba will take the place of Thomas Bryant, who was traded to Denver earlier today, alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis in L.A.’s frontcourt. Bamba signed a new two-year deal with Orlando over the summer, so he’s under contract for one more season at $10.3MM.
Through 40 games this season with the Magic, the 24-year-old averaged 7.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 1.0 BPG on .495/.398/.686 shooting. After starting 69 of his 71 games in ’21/22 and averaging 25.7 minutes per contest, Bamba saw his role reduced in ’22/23, only receiving six spot starts and 17.0 minutes per game.
Moving off Bamba creates a more clear-cut rotation for Orlando and picking up a second-round pick helps somewhat, but it’s hard to say that his tenure with the Magic was anything but a disappointment. He was selected sixth overall back in 2018, ahead of players like Collin Sexton, Mikal Bridges, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Michael Porter Jr., Kevin Huerter and Robert Williams, among others.
Bamba is currently serving a suspension as part of his role in an altercation with the Wolves, so he will be ineligible to play for two more games.
As Reynolds notes, the 34-year-old Beverley is unlikely to remain with the Magic, who have a slew of young guards. He’s making $13MM in the final year of his contract.
Beverley will have suitors if he’s bought out or waived by Orlando. He isn’t the defensive player he once was, but he plays hard and with a lot of energy, so contenders will be interested in his services.
In addition to saving a significant amount of money in luxury tax payments with the trade, the Lakers continue to add younger players. They had their own backcourt logjam to deal with, and moving Beverley helps in that regard as well, though he was arguably the team’s best perimeter defender (which, frankly, isn’t saying much given the team’s lack of talent on that end — the Lakers are 20th in the league in defensive rating).
Adding Bamba’s $10.3MM salary for ’23/24 is further evidence that the Lakers are unlikely to operate as an under-the-cap team in the offseason. However, his deal is non-guaranteed, so they could still go that route by waiving or renouncing the cap holds for all of the players they acquired ahead of the deadline (Bamba, Davon Reed, Rui Hachimura, Jarred Vanderbilt, Malik Beasley and D’Angelo Russell). Only Vanderbilt has guaranteed money next season, and it’s a very small ($300K) partial guarantee.
Rory Maher contributed to this post.
39 thoughts on “Lakers To Send Beverley To Magic For Bamba”
Lakers having a real good trade deadline
Not a big fan of Bamba . Lakers defense will
Suffer in the premeter .
Players are shooting less than the league average with Bamba as their closest perimeter defender, so I don’t think so.
That doesn’t tell the whole story LOL. Bamba is an awful defender. Good job Lakers LMAO.
Magic fan. Not a huge fan of Bamba but would never rate him as an awful defender. Not sure what you see or whether you are just trolling.
The Lakers spent two years saving their cap space for offseason 2023. LeBron throws a fit after not getting Kyrie. Now cap space goes to Mo Bamba, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt. Is this what the Lakers had in mind when they wouldn’t offer DeMar DeRozan the extra year because they wanted to save 2023 cap space???
Saving cap space for another max player was never a good idea. Leaves you with a team of bet minimums. Whether by design or not they are better set up for down the road
Only Vanderbilt is hard on the books, and Jones came off (a net increase of as little as 3 mm). They can still have 30 mm plus in cap space. Though they’d have to walk away from most of their new additions.
Based on what? Acquiring brand names that provide little value towards winning a championship??
This deadline is absolute chaos and I love it
This has to be the most 2K deadline ever
Lakers just want that stadium energy with the Mo Bamba song. Good stuff
Bamba for Bryant? Not a bad maneuver. Beverly finds his way to Minnesota in a buy-out, or trade before the deadline passes. Not seeing a lot of use for Beverly in Orlando
Would love to see Beverly back in Minnesota. Hopefully we can get another epic celebration.
PatBev did say MIN was his top choice if lakers bought him out
thats a steal from lakers lmao, orlando must be smoking marjiana in the FO
Nah we aren’t using Bamba LeBron can have him
Another sweetheart deal for the Lakers, what a shock
Except Bamba actually sucks lol.
You mean the Lakers right …..
Should’ve traded THT in a S&T for Bamba in the offseason, jeez. Pat Bev has been mediocre the whole season. They’re going to have to give up a protected first or a bunch of seconds for this.
It only a second
Still could’ve been better, but that’s acceptable.
I’m confused by this for both teams, but less so for the Lakers, even though they traded all of their guard defense and have a bunch of similar players at guard now, so if anything I thought they would keep Beverley…
Beverly hasn’t been playing defense this year. Players shooting better than league average with him as the closest defender from every area of the floor.
Now I’m ok with trading Bryant .
Not the best Bryant to ever wear a Laker jersey?
Underrated get for the Magic, though I’m sure many will not see it that way. They will benefit from Bev’s presence. And Bamba gets overrated simply because he blocks shots and hits the occasional 3 while being less than the sum of his parts.
That, of course, only works since they’ll be getting a pick out of this and already have a glut of centers on the roster.
Two players Celtics got have got but they chose masculas bumass. Haha, what a joke
Bev’s will be bought out so hopefully they they go after him on the buyout market
You mean the Celtics who have the best record in the league and already have Marcus Smart, Derrick White, Brogdan and Pritchard?
Yeah lets add a guy who does nothing on offense and is too small to guard anyone but guard (I know he tries so hard to guard bigger guys…give him a cookie for trying) and oh I forgot will be a total pain in the arse if you sign him?
I think the Celtics will stay with who they have v. Patrick Beverley.
There are better players to sign on the buyout market.
Love this trade for Orlando. Good riddance Bamba.
Orlando won this trade by clearing some of that logjam out of their center position. Bamba isn’t an NBA player IMO. Lakers picking up useless brand names per usual. LOL.
Love this move and live Bamba.
He’s a god friend of LeBrons because not only is he talented but he works extremely hard in trainings to get better and he’s extremely smart off the court.
Love his skill set of shooting and rim protection.
Schroder Beasley Bron Vanderbilt AD
Dlo Walker Brown Jr Hachimura Bamba
Think there’s more moves to come in lakerlamd too.
Doubt DLOw plays from the bench , probably Beasley will be six man . They might make the play in but not really a good bench
HA HA HA!!!
Patrick Beverley. I guess the Lakers didnt really need you that much, did they?
Lakers traded for a tall bum. Bad trade Lakers
Bambum. Lucky he got paid