The Clippers got their first big win of the offseason by retaining Patrick Beverley on a 3-year, $40 million deal Sunday. Although the team certainly had its sights on signing two superstars this summer, and potentially losing Beverley and others in the process, with no one but Kawhi Leonard remaining on the market, it made too much sense to keep Beverley in Los Angeles.
Beverley followed up his announcement by relaying the truest Doc Rivers aphorism about succeeding in the NBA: Be a star in your role.
To whatever young kid who wants to LISTEN. Be a star and whatever role your in. And accept it and take it serious. And be great in your role. IT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE. #mr94feet.— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) July 1, 2019
The rest of the Clippers were overjoyed to have their fearless leader back for the next three seasons as the team hopes to improve upon its 48-win campaign in 2018-19.
Lou Williams, the ice to Beverley’s fire in the LA locker room, FaceTimed Beverley after the deal was agreed upon. (Williams has been celebrating his Sixth Man of the Year trophy in Atlanta, and you really need to follow him on Instagram to appreciate the experience.)
Ralph Lawler, forever the voice of the Clippers, was delighted to have Beverley back for more reasons than one, and wished Beverley and his family well as he continues to root for the team from a distance.
Thrilled that @patbeverly21 will return to the Clippers and I like him as a pitch man for Kawhi.— Ralph Lawler (@Ohmeomy) July 1, 2019
Welcome back Pat. https://t.co/9t7OQ8qrpz
Beverley’s rookies (currently sophomores) were thrilled to still have their veteran mentor on the Clippers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson both posted on Instagram after the news went public.
Former Clipper Tobias Harris, who got his own sizable contract at the start of free agency, also got in on the congratulations train for Beverley.
The Clippers had a tremendous amount of depth last year, but generally everyone who covered the team, myself included, identified Beverley as the group’s beating heart. Congrats to Pat for earning this contract, and congrats to Clippers fans and players who get to have him around for a little bit longer.