Report: Lakers trade Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac for Mike Muscala

Mike Muscala
Jan 11, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Mike Muscala (31) celebrates his score with guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have traded forward Michael Beasley and center Ivica Zubac to the LA Clippers in exchange for Mike Muscala, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Muscala is the second shooter the Lakers have acquired at the deadline after previously trading for Detroit Pistons wing Reggie Bullock.

Muscala is averaging 7.4 points per game while shooting 34.2 percent from behind the arc this season and is a career 36.5-percent 3-point shooter. The Clippers acquired the power forward in their trade of Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers days ago.

Beasley played in just 26 games with the Lakers and was among several reported veterans who lashed out at head coach Luke Walton following a loss to the Warriors last week. Zubac was drafted by the franchise in 2016 and had begun to turn a corner in his career, starting 12 games for the Lakers this season.

The deal opens up a roster spot for the Lakers who are expected to be invested in the buyout market. According to Wojnarowski, Carmelo Anthony is still expected to be in consideration for the position.

Muscala will be a free agent following the conclusion of this season.

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