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Patrick Beverley Expresses Interest in Joining Bulls…Does It Make Sense?

Discussions between free agents and prospective teams won't officially start until June 29, but Bulls fans have been doing their own recruiting for weeks. Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers point guard and Chicago native

Discussions between free agents and prospective teams won’t officially start until June 29, but Bulls fans have been doing their own recruiting for weeks.

Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers point guard and Chicago native, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and has shown considerable interest in joining the Bulls over Twitter the past few weeks, starting with this response to a fan saying that he should join his hometown Bulls this offseason.

And this response to a fan’s video telling him to “come home”.

And finally, the eyeball emojis he sent to a fan offering to pay for his moving truck.

Going off of Twitter alone, Beverley hasn’t shown this much interest in any other team. The only other trace of upcoming free agency on his social media is the comments he made to NBA.com, where he called his Clippers teammate Lou Williams his “favorite teammate ever,” saying that it would be difficult to leave Williams in the offseason.

Beverley would be leaving behind more than just Williams, he’d be leaving behind a team that not only made the playoffs, despite losing their star player to trade in February but actually pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games in round one. And if he were to choose the Bulls, Beverley would be leaving a playoff-bound Clippers franchise for a Bulls team that missed the postseason for the second straight year. Beverley has only missed the playoffs once in his professional career, the 2017-18 season with the Clippers.Β 

But there’s something to be said about hometowns and Beverley seems to be willing to overlook the last few seasons of struggle to play at home again, especially with a fanbase that’s willing to pay his moving expenses.

Beverley would fix the Bulls’ Kris Dunn problem, as the team has been open about possibly pushing him to the bench in recent months. He might also be good for Dunn as a mentor, to provide a good example of a point guard that started on the bench and grew into a cornerstone of a playoff team.

Although he may not be the best on-court fit for the Bulls’ current offense, Beverley would be a good short-term addition while the team is still finding an identity and would add an invaluable veteran presence to a young locker room.Β And since he’s known for his tough-nosed style of play and suffocating defense, Beverley would also be providing some much-needed toughness to the Bulls, especially in the Jim Boylen system, which is epitomized by tough defense.Β 

Adding Beverley to the Bulls’ talented young core could be enough to push them into the playoffs next season, and may even win them a few games once they get there. With their cap space as it stands, the price of success for Beverley and the Bulls is more than affordable.

This past season with the Clippers marks the final year of the four-year, $23 million contract he signed with the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Clippers. The contract earned him between five and six million dollars a season, a vastly small number for someone that made his impact on the Clippers the past two seasons. With an estimate of $20 to $30 million worth of cap space remaining for next season, the Bulls have plenty of room to pay him.

If it doesn’t work out with Beverley, there are of course more point guard fish in the free agency sea. The Bulls have also been linked to upcoming free agents Malcolm Brogdon, Terry Rozier, and former Bull Derrick Rose.

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