Projecting the top five free agent goals for Patrick Beverley

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Patrick Beverley is the type of player every team in the NBA could use. Beverley is a high IQ defensive first point guard who can also create space on the ground and hit three-pointers. He’s a starting talent, but he plays just as well off the bench. After joining the Minnesota Timberwolves for a season, he played an important role in changing the culture and helping lead his roster to the playoffs.

But Pat Bev was traded to the Utah Jazz in Rudy Gobert’s massive blockbuster, and they’re not a team that seems prepared for that right now. This is likely an issue for Beverley, who at 33 is still searching for his first NBA championship ring.

With just one year left on his contract, Beverley is a prime candidate to be bought out of contract, which would make him an unrestricted free agent who could sign with any team except Jazz and the Wolves. A little hasty here if Bev is bought out, here are five of the most ideal landing spots for the defensive threat.

Patrick Beverley is a strong fit for the 76ers

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers already knows Pat Bev from their two years together with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2018 to 2019. They made the playoffs in both years and could try to do the same in Philly.

Beverley fits almost everywhere, but especially the Sixers. Whether working with James Harden to meet the Beard’s defensive liabilities, or working with Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton or Matisse Thybulle, Beverley would be a great addition. Joel Embiid would love Pat Bev as much as many others in the basketball community. Their inner “dog” would make them instant best friends. The Sixers need more dogs.

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Patrick Beverley heads LA back but with Lakers

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
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This is entirely dependent on the Lakers acting Russell Westbrook as the two characters simply wouldn’t work together on the same team. Beverly stated in March that Westbrook “harmed his career“. I don’t think the Lakers are trying to fix those fences, but what if Westy acted? Boom.

LeBron James needs a whole team full of players like Beverley. Two-way players who don’t need the ball to be effective but deliver when challenged. Beverley has 65 games of playoff experience and he’s not afraid of the limelight. He’s been fine in LA in his four seasons with the Clippers, and if the Lakers were to put together a playoff roster, I’m sure Beverley would love to be a part of their team.

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Golden State Warriors make a strong mix

NBA: Golden State Warriors at the Minnesota Timberwolves
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Can you imagine Draymond Green and Patrick Beverley on the same team? Or better yet, in the same dressing room? Me neither, but I really want to see it. Aside from being arguably some of the best defenders/trolls in basketball, they’re also developing a reputation off the field for having some hot takes. You could start your own podcast and probably become an instant hit.

In court? Well, if Bev really wants to win, what better way than to join the defending champions? Beverly and Curry in the back seem to be perfect, although it wouldn’t be all the time. Still super fit alongside Klay Thompson.

Imagine a situational lineup that looks like this:

  • bev
  • curry
  • Thompson
  • wiggins
  • Draymond

That’s an awful five on both ends of the floor. Of course it would have its downsides, it wouldn’t work against larger lineups, but it offers shooting and defense at all levels. Might be fun.

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Dallas Mavericks get some backcourt help from Luka Doncic

NBA: Dallas Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
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I’m not even a Mavericks fan but I really want Luka Doncic to get some help in the backcourt. Losing Jalen Brunson will likely only put the ball more in Doncic’s hands and tire him even more on the defensive. Here Beverley can be the hero, guarding the opponent’s best defense while also being able to relieve Doncic of some of the offensive ball handling/distribution duties.

  • Patrick Beverly Stats 2021-22: 9.2 PPG, 4.6 APG, 4.1 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 34.3 3PT%

You can play side by side or spell each other, it doesn’t matter. In any case, the Mavs need another defender in the backcourt who is also a goal threat. This is Beverly.

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Miami Heat finally lands Patrick Beverly

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies with the Minnesota Timberwolves
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Will the Miami Heat bring in Patrick Beverley? I don’t know, but it’s a question even the player himself openly asked himself on ESPN, and that was before he was traded. Whether he had premonitions or was trying to instigate them remains to be seen, but if we’re talking about a player who would fit perfectly into the Heat culture, look no further. Beverly is that man.

Similar to the Draymond/Warriors fit, could you envision Beverley with Jimmy Butler? Tom Thibodeau probably only shed a tear because he couldn’t make it happen himself. Beverley and Butler are similarly styled leaders who keep everything on the ground. No one can question their will or drive. Beverley could probably replace Kyle Lowry as a starter, but even if he came off the bench the Heat would have a few bullies in the backcourt, making them a tough opponent any night.

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