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Clippers news: Patrick Beverley agrees to 3-year, $40 million deal with L.A.

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The L.A. Clippers and free agent point guard Patrick Beverley have agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Beverley has been the heart and soul of this Clippers team since coming over from the Chris Paul trade two years ago. His return to Los Angeles continues the franchise’s direction of bringing in culture-setting, high character players. That character was on display on the biggest stage when Beverley led the Clippers and shocked everyone when they reach the playoffs without an All-Star during the 2018-19 season while also pushing a Kevin Durant-led Warriors team to six games.

The two-time All-Defensive team member averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers per game on 39.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

When asked about what he’ll prioritize in free agency, Beverley said winning is his number one priority.

“Winning has always been the most important thing to me since I’ve ever played basketball,” said Beverley. “That doesn’t and won’t change I’m not the type of person that’ll [take losing]. Losing is not an option for me. I get my respect from winning and that won’t change.”

The Clippers are hoping that Beverley is just one piece to their puzzle that will soon include Kawhi Leonard, who is said to be taking meetings on Monday and Tuesday before making his decision.