According to Sean Deveney, Clippers free agent guard Patrick Beverley will meet with as many as five other teams before meeting with the Clippers in early July. Deveney adds that as the Clippers pursue star free agents, Beverley may not wait around for the team to figure out how much money they have left over to offer him.
Sources tell me Patrick Beverley--a sensible FA target of the Bulls and Lakers--will be taking meetings with as many as 5 teams BEFORE meeting with the Clippers in 2 weeks. Clippers will be chasing max-type FAs, but Beverley won't necessarily wait on an offer from them, I'm told.— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) June 17, 2019
As Deveney adds, the Bulls and Lakers are two obvious suitors for Beverley. Chicago is in need of a point guard and would greatly benefit from adding a hometown veteran to help a young team build their culture. The Lakers will have some cap flexibility to fill out a mostly-vacant roster around LeBron James and incoming star Anthony Davis.
Beverley has also been linked to the Suns in the last year, another young team that could use a veteran point guard’s leadership. His versatility makes him a pretty good target for anyone in the league: while he’s not one of the NBA’s elite talents at guard, he’s a perfectly capable starter for teams with a hole at point guard, but his all-around contributions and defense make him an ideal rotation piece for any of the league’s great teams.
For the Clippers last year, Beverley played in a career-high 78 games, averaging 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game while shooting an impressive 39.7% from deep and taking on tough defensive assignments. He seemed to fill in wherever the Clippers needed, spending a good portion of the season starting at small forward at 6’1” and frequently leading the team in rebounding.
The soon-to-be-31 free agent is expected to receive a deal in the $12 million range, though it may be on a short-term deal due to his injury history and age.