In matters of the heart, some things aren’t always about logistics or money. Sometimes basketball players just want to come home. Is Patrick Beverley one of those players?
Beverley, or Pat-Bev, hails from Chicago and has expressed a desire to play for his hometown team. It’s actually quite simple: He’s the feisty leader and competitor that fits the mold head coach Jim Boylen is trying to build.
As a point guard, he won’t remind anyone of Magic Johnson, but he’ll never back down from a fight or a challenge. We haven’t forgotten about his willingness to guard Kevin Durant yet, have we? Defensively alone, he would be a great fit for a team that struggled mightily on that end of the floor.
He’s a better shooter than often given credit for, shooting 39.7 percent from deep in 2018-19, which would spread the floor for Porter, LaVine and Markkanen to operate.
An ideal situation would be Beverley coming in with a young guard like Darius Garland or Coby White he could mentor, much like he did with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander this past season. It might just be time to come home for Pat-Bev.