Patrick Beverley took $9-10 million less to re-sign with Clippers
While the L.A. Clippers wait patiently for Kawhi Leonard’s decision, which seems likely to involve either themselves or the Los Angeles Lakers, the team made a more proactive move by signing Patrick Beverley to a 3-year/$40 million deal.
Of course, that’s noticeably less than what he could’ve made, but Beverley was quoted in a story by Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times that he chose to return to the Clippers on a cheaper deal because it was where he was most comfortable.
“I did what was best for me and my family and I did what was best to stay on a winning team,” Beverley said in Greif’s story. “I feel like I made the right decision.”
The 30-year old veteran guard received interest from multiple teams after he averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists last season and “became the avatar of the tough-nosed Clippers,” Greif said in his story.
Beverley was a huge reason why the Clippers held on to their No. 8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs and held their own against the full-strength Golden State Warriors in the first round of the Playoffs, pulling off a miraculous comeback in Game 2 that will live in NBA lore for years to come.
PatBev is a tenacious, hard-nosed defender who often takes on the hardest assignment for his team. For example, despite a rather striking size disadvantage, Beverley opted to guard seven-foot assassin Kevin Durant when the two teams played one another in the first round. Though the Warriors advanced, Beverley’s fight and heart were certainly contagious, and he will be an invaluable part of the Clippers going forward.