The Clippers will be without Patrick Beverley in their first scrimmage game tomorrow, as Malika Andrews of ESPN reported that Beverley left the NBA campus site to attend to a personal matter.
Clippers guard Patrick Beverley left Orlando on Tuesday night for an emergency personal matter, league sources told ESPN. He intends to rejoin the team in the future.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 22, 2020
The team is still without Montrezl Harrell, who also left last week for a family emergency, and Ivica Zubac. Landry Shamet remains in Los Angeles as he goes through the coronavirus protocol.
All the best to Beverley and his family as he navigates this personal and private situation. Hopefully, he can take all the time he needs to be with his loved ones.
Per the NBA safety protocol, Beverley would have to self-quarantine in Orlando for four days upon returning if his absence is shorter than a week, and if he tests negative for the coronavirus while he is away from the campus site.
The Clippers will likely start Reggie Jackson in Beverley’s absence and have Lou Williams play backup point guard as he did at the start of the season before the team signed Jackson. It’s possible that Terance Mann may even get some run in the second unit given that Shamet is also unavailable.
There are still eight days left until the start of the seeding games, and even then, not much is at stake for the Clippers. The 1-seed is out of reach, and the Clippers have the tiebreaker on the Nuggets below them. They will used this time to ramp up for the postseason while Beverley is away and ideally welcome him back soon for a championship run.