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Report: Kings interested in signing Patrick Beverley this summer

Patrick Beverley, Lakers

The Sacramento Kings are reportedly interested in signing combo guard Patrick Beverley this summer once free agency starts, according to Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.

Beverley is going to be pursued by a bevy of teams, so if the Kings want him, they are going to have to open up their checkbook.

This past season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Beverley averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 39.7 percent beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line. The Kings would love to pair Beverley with point guard De’Aaron Fox in the backcourt.

A Chicago native, Beverley made $5,027,027 in 2018-19. He’s going to get a pay raise this summer. Beverley is a feisty defender who gets under the skin of opposing players. The toughness and passion Beverley plays with on a nightly basis are traits the Kings are looking for under new head coach Luke Walton.

Sacramento hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006. That’s the last season the Kings had a winning record, too. The core in Sacramento is headlined by Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Harry Giles and Buddy Hield. Harrison Barnes becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He might end up being too expensive for the Kings to bring back.