Patrick Beverley could be headed to a different city soon. Rumors have surfaced suggesting he could get bought out and free to sign with any other franchise in the NBA.
After spending the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, the point guard was traded twice in three days; first to the Memphis Grizzlies and then the Minnesota Timberwolves. He can be a solid addition to the T-Wolves, but rumors about his future haven't stopped, and somehow he could end up in Los Angeles again, just not on the Clippers.
According to Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson, the Los Angeles Lakers could be interested in Bev's services if he gets bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Moreover, Robinson says that LeBron James would 'welcome' Beverley to the LakeShow if this actually happened.
LeBron James would welcome Pat Beverley if he secured a buyout with Timberwolves I’m hearing.
IF is the key word.
Defense would be at a premium for Lakers.
The Lakers already assembled an experience but talented team this offseason. They lost their defensive identity with these moves, but Beverley could bring some of that with his presence on the court.
Given his history with The King, the Lakers, and his past with the Clippers, it's unclear if the player would be willing to sign with the 17-time NBA champion. Then again, Beverley is proof that loyalty doesn't exist in the league. It wouldn't be crazy watching him join the Clips' city rivals for the 2021/22 season.
The Lakers will confirm their status as title favorites if they pull this off.