Report: Lakers reach out to Patrick Beverley’s camp
The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly reached out to the reps of free agent combo guard Patrick Beverley, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Beverley is an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers will try and steal him from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sources: The Lakers have reached out to the reps of free agent guard Patrick Beverley. Beverley is one of the best defenders in the NBA and his 3-point shooting has improved dramatically. He’s also a great locker room presence.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 29, 2019
This past season with the Clippers, Beverley averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists. The Chicago native and rugged defender shot 40.7 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Beverley is one of the best perimeter defenders in all of basketball and plays with tremendous passion and grit. Lakers star LeBron James is a big fan of Beverley, who isn’t afraid of anyone. He challenged both James and Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant on defense this past season.
Beverley will reportedly take meetings with as many as five teams before meeting with the Clippers once free agency starts on Sunday. The guard made $5,027,027 in 2018-19. Beverley will surely get a pay raise this offseason.
The Dallas Mavericks are said to be very interested in signing Beverley. The Lakers, who created a third max slot after agreeing to a trade with the Washington Wizards, are still in play for Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler.