REPORT: Patrick Beverley declined extension with Clippers over the summer
The Los Angeles Clippers discussed an extension with shooting guard Patrick Beverley over the summer, but the rugged defender opted to play out his final season and test unrestricted free agency next summer, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
In 23 games this season, Patrick Beverley is averaging 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Clippers. The 30-year-old is shooting 35.9 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Beverley began the season in the Clippers’ starting lineup, but he has been coming off the bench lately. LA is 16-7 on the year, tied for first place in the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets. Beverley has always been a team-first guy, so it’s not surprising he hasn’t complained about going to the bench.
Beverley’s biggest asset to the Clippers is his tenacious defense and energy. Whenever the Clippers play Avery Bradley and Beverley together in the backcourt, opponents have a very hard time scoring against LA. The Clippers have a defensive rating this season of 110.0, which is 16th in the NBA.
Patrick Beverley does have a history of knee issues, so the Clippers and other teams in the NBA will definitely monitor his health this season.