Patrick Beverley picked the Chicago Bulls
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The former Los Angeles Lakers star found the buyout agreement with the Orlando Magic and signed a contract until the end of the season with Chicago. According to ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chicago Bulls will soon formalize the purchase of Patrick Beverley.
The player, who ended up at the Magic in the trade that brought Mo Bamba to the Lakers, has reached a buyout agreement with Orlando: the former yellow-violet will sign a contract that will bind him to the Windy City until the end of the season.
Coach Donovan hopes Beverley's entry into the team will help the Bulls reach playoff qualification. Beverley is averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season. Among the teams interested there was also Golden State, but there was no comparison: Beverley decided to return to Illinois as he himself confirmed via a tweet.
Nothing to do therefore for Golden State, another team interested in the player.
Beverley is a player with excellent mobility and agility and, despite being below average height for his role, he manages to defend against taller and more powerful guards than him.
Thanks to a remarkable mental toughness, the suffocating defense poured on his opponent allows him to be considered one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, as evidenced by the 2 insertions in the defensive quintets.
Often his harshness (due to the great competitive enthusiasm he puts into play) has also led him to have fights with opponents, which he sometimes provokes by practicing trash talking. On June 28, 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer and a 2018 draft pick from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul.
In his Clippers debut on October 19, 2017, Beverley scored 10 points in a 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On November 22, 2017, he missed the remainder of the season after undergoing a lateral meniscus arterial repair and microfracture procedure on his right knee.
He comes back available only in the following season. On December 4, 2018, he received a $25,000 fine from the NBA for throwing a football at a fan who had insulted him heavily and repeatedly during the game against the Dallas Mavericks played the day before.
On July 1, he extends his contract with the Clippers to a three-year, $40 million deal. After two short spells at the Timberwolves and the Lakers he was traded to the Magic. Photo credits: NBA website