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Report: Patrick Beverley plans to meet with Mavs in free agency

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Patrick Beverley reportedly plans to meet with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency this summer, according to Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com. The Mavs reportedly have a number of people inside the organization who want to sign Beverley because of the toughness and passion he plays with.

Beverley becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers this past season. The Chicago native made $5,027,027 in 2018-19 with the Clippers and will certainly command more than that on the open market.

Feisty veteran guard Patrick Beverley is planning to grant the Dallas Mavericks a recruiting meeting at the June 30 opening of NBA free agency, league sources tell DallasBasketball.com.

The Mavs have a number of people inside the building who support the idea of acquiring Beverley due to the “toughness upgrade” issue. The Mavs, I’m told, are working to calculate how to bring Beverley to Dallas, even though he represents an option ranking well underneath a top priority like max free agent Kemba Walker.

Beverley shot 40.7 percent from the field, 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line this season. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in all of basketball and could take a lot of pressure off of Mavs budding star Luka Doncic on the defensive end of the floor.

The Mavs might have to fight off the Chicago Bulls for Beverley’s services. The Bulls have been heavily linked to Beverley.