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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Patrick Beverley seeking 3-year deal worth over $40 million

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The heart of last year’s Clippers team is likely to end up being too expensive for L.A. to keep.

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According to a tweet from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Patrick Beverley is seeking a three-year deal worth over $40 million. He’s expected to receive offers from the Mavericks, Lakers, Bulls, and Clippers.

From the Clippers’ perspective, a deal in this range seems unlikely unless the team totally strikes out in free agency. The Clippers can exceed the cap to sign Beverley to a big deal using his bird rights, but in order to do so they need to keep his $9.5M cap hold on the books. With two sophomore guards who were named to the all-rookie team last year in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet, the back-to-back reigning sixth man of the year in Lou Williams, and another second-year lottery pick in Jerome Robinson, the Clippers don’t have much of an urgent need at guard but severely lack forward depth. In most scenarios, it makes the most sense for the Clippers to invest that money in the frontcourt—especially if the team lands a second star that would start at guard and push Shamet to the bench, such as Jimmy Butler or Klay Thompson.

I also think the Lakers are relatively unlikely here—they have limited resources to either add one more big name or a handful of guys on smaller deals, and Beverley is a role player who would be taking up over half of their cap room. They need to be a little more efficient in searching for bargains.