Lakers trade Patrick Beverley to Magic for Mo Bamba, acquire Davon Reed

Orlando Magic's Mo Bamba grabs a rebound against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Lakers acquired Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba in exchange for guard Patrick Beverley ahead of the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.
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The Lakers traded guard Patrick Beverley to the Orlando Magic for center Mo Bamba on Thursday, the team announced.

The Lakers view Bamba as a quality backup big man they need in the wake of trading backup center Thomas Bryant to the Denver Nuggets for Davon Reed and three second-round draft picks.

Bamba, 24, gives the Lakers a 7-footer who is a solid three-point shooter, having made 39.8% from deep in 40 games with the Magic, including six starts.


He was averaging 7.3 points on 49.5% shooting and 4.6 rebounds.

Bryant starred as a fill-in for Anthony Davis while the All-Star forward was recovering from foot injuries. Bryant is averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, far outplaying the one-year minimum deal he signed this offseason. It’s why, sources said, the Lakers began to find Bryant a new home while getting needed draft picks in return.

The team was also looking to find more minutes for Wenyen Gabriel as a backup center in smaller lineups. LeBron James and newly acquired Jarred Vanderbilt also give them small-ball center options.

The Lakers sent Russell Westbrook to Utah as part of a three-team trade in which they acquired D’Angelo Russell from Minnesota and Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt from the Jazz.

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The Lakers will receive second-round picks in 2025, 2026 and 2029.

The team, according to people with knowledge of the situation, will be active in the free-agent and buyout markets as it tries to add a bulkier center after it traded Damian Jones in a three-team deal Wednesday that landed point guard D’Angelo Russell, guard Malik Beasley and Vanderbilt.