NBA Rumors: This Team Would "Love" To Get Their Hands on Patrick Beverley

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley can be abrasive, combative and contentious. But that has never stopped the Miami Heat from acquiring a player in the past (see: Butler, Jimmy). 

According to a report by's NBA Insider Sean Deveney, a rival Eastern Conference executive had this to say about Pat Riley's latest target:

The Heat would love to get Patrick Beverley. The Timberwolves, obviously, they love what he brought last year, but if they could sell high, they might be willing to give him up. They have a new regime [ex-Nuggets president Tim Connelly] there, so they can look at things a little more realistically.

Tim Connelly took over last week as Minnesota's president of basketball operations in a much-ballyhooed signing. He's bound to put his own mark on the team. 

Although Beverley certainly seems like a fit for the so-called "Heat culture" with his aggressive, in-your-face tenacity, there are a couple of things that could stand in the way of such a move:

The Heat just brought in veteran point guard Kyle Lowry on a 3-year, $85M contract this past season, and although the 36-year-old dealt with injuries and a bit of a down season, it would be quite a surprise to see them give up the Lowry-as-starter era so quickly. 

Also, Pat Bev's recent comments that Jimmy Butler "can't be the best player on a title team" would make for some interesting times in the Heat locker room. 

But with the Heat looking for another spark to get them to the Finals, this possibility can't be written off just yet.

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