Patrick Beverley Is Free For The Taking, After Buyout From Magic

Patrick Beverley has been let go by an NBA team for the 4th time in the last nine months. Acquired by the Orlando Magic from the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline in return for Mo Bamba, Pat Bev has agreed to a buyout from Orlando, and is now free to ply his trade elsewhere. 

The 34-year-old Beverley was never expected to stay with the Magic, a team already rife with young backcourt options who need to get their minutes. 

A reunion may be in the offing for Beverley, as he's been a rumored buyout market target of his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clips have no true point guards left on the roster after dealing away both Reggie Jackson and John Wall at the deadline last Thursday. 

Beverley spent four seasons with the Clippers from 2017 through 2021, and was even a second-team All-Defensive Team member while with them in 2020.

Another of his former teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves, with whom he finished the 2021-22 season, were also linked to having some interest in Beverley on the buyout market. 

The T'Wolves traded Beverley in the package to the Utah Jazz in the Rudy Gobert trade last summer; they waived him before the season, and he was signed by the Lakers. 

This season with the Purple & Gold, Pat Bev was averaging 6.4 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 34.8% from downtown. 

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