NBA Rumors: 3 Potential Landing Spots For Patrick Beverley

He arrived at Los Angeles Lakers' camp this past season vowing to be a vocal leader and defensive force on the floor. But Patrick Beverley didn't quite have the impact he promised for LA, and was shipped out of town unceremoniously at the trade deadline (though he'll tell you he asked for a trade). 

After a buyout from the Orlando Magic, Beverley signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls for the rest of the season. He averaged 5.8 points and shot 31% from three-point range in the Windy City, while playing his aggressive game on defense. As DeMar DeRozan said, “Everything you see about him, that’s Pat 24/7. He sleeps  aggressively.”

Now a free agent, Pat Bev is still being aggressive, and says he's still worth close to $15M a season, though he'll have to search very hard to find it this summer. Nevertheless, here are three possible landing spots for Beverley next season. 

Minnesota Timberwolves

This would be a reunion, and the scene of his last real impact performance. His defensive energy and leadership did actually play a big part  in the T-Wolves' return to the playoffs after a four-year absence, and he helped spark them on a rousing and spirited six-game effort against the Memphis Grizzlies before bowing out in the first round. 

The Wolves were lacking some of that fire and intensity this year, squeaking in to the postseason through the Play-In, then going down fairly easily in five games to the Denver Nuggets. They may just want to give Pat Bev another run in the Windy City.

Miami Heat

With his leave it all on the floor, get-under-your-skin mentality, Pat Bev certainly does seem like a "Heat culture" kind of guy, doesn't he? 

Beverley actually has a low key history with the Heat, having been at training camp with them back at the beginning of his career after spending a few years overseas. He was cut and never made an appearance with those LeBron James Miami teams. 

Could all roads lead back to South Beach now for Beverley? 

Chicago Bulls

There's still a chance that the Bulls could circle back around to Pat Bev. They won't have Lonzo Ball again for likely the entirety of next season, and they need to keep their point guard pool strong. But they only have his Non-Bird rights, limiting them to re-signing Beverley to, at most, a $3.8M salary. Should be interesting to see what happens once Beverley scours the market for offers. 

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