Patrick Beverly and the Clippers discussed a possible contract extension this summer, but could not reach a deal. At the time, the veteran point guard said the clippers allowed him to control his own destiny to some extent.
“He asked, ‘Which teams do you want to go to?’ Beverly recalled. “And I said one of the first teams was the Minnesota Timberwolves.”
Beverly said the Timberwolves were “definitely” in their top three at the time.
But Beverly was traded to Memphis in a deal originally reported on August 15. Two days later, a deal between Memphis and Minnesota, the Timberwolves were reported to have re-routed the guard.
Beverly, who tweeted a Memphis tag line, “Grit and grind. Let’s go” indicated on August 15 that he knew he would end up with Minnesota in the long run.
“I knew I was going to Minnesota a few weeks before you guys left,” he told the media on Thursday. “It’s something in the way of playing before that happens.”
Beverly’s interest in Minnesota is understandable. The guard is in the final year of his current contract. If the Clippers weren’t going to commit to the 33-year-old long-term, the last thing a veteran wants to do is hang around with a team that likely wasn’t planning on signing him again.
Coming to the Timberwolves, Beverly has a chance to do a few things by taking advantage of an obvious opportunity at crucial game time – play enough where Minnesota will want to re-sign him using their acquired Bird Rights which will allow the Wolves to sign him. allows for. Even without the required cap space, or play well where he doesn’t return with the Wolves next season, he will have a significant market in free agency next summer.
So the landing spot for Beverly is in the works. It also works for wolves. While Jordan McLaughlin is a promising youngster, Beverly is an established guard capable of supporting D’Angelo Russell, or even playing with the scoring guard. Beverly is an essential defensive threat and one of the few experienced leaders on the roster. In fact, he may be lonely.
And Beverly is the kind of leader this team needs—one who has a pedigree who has demanding followers, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Beverly was asked Tuesday if he wanted to set the tone early on in training camp.
“I like to show with my effort, I like to show with my passion, I like to show with my results and my work ethic,” he said. “Everything else will come into play after that.”
Will a 6-foot-1 guard wait a while before barking at his teammates?
“No,” he said factually. “Because I think that’s just what I naturally am.”
Or, for Minnesota, perhaps fortunately.
“I don’t know how much one player can change the culture defensively, but Pat certainly has all the right tools to make it happen. His lead, he goes out and does it. He competes,” Wolves coach Chris Finch said “But the most important thing is that he brings experience to a relatively inexperienced team on defense and he helps them get where they need to be at any given time. In the movie room, or in practice on the floor. So imparting knowledge and then really going out and competing because that’s where the defense on the ball starts, and he’s really good on the ball. ”