Storyline: Patrick Beverley Free Agency

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With the June 30 start of free agency nearing, Clippers guard Beverley, 30, is very much in play for the Mavericks. Sources told The Dallas Morning News on Monday night that Dallas and Beverley regard one another as a “perfect fit,” although that’s a long way from saying he’s on the verge of joining Doncic in the Mavericks’ backcourt. There’s the not-so-small matter of money, specifically how the Mavericks will choose to allocate their estimated $30 million of salary cap space. And Beverley has other suitors, including the Lakers and Sixers.

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 Beverley, late of the Los Angeles Clippers, is seen here as a coveted tier-2 star. He is infamously competitive, the sort of pain-in-the-butt player who can make interesting a Round 1 series against the vaunted Golden State Warriors (as he did this past postseason, battling with Kevin Durant), the sort of lightning rod who can cause a fan to wish to direct anger at him (ask the Dallas Mavericks!), the sort of player who due to his sheer presence — even though that presence is but 6-1 — transforms a young team into a smart one, a “soft” team into a tough one.

He loved his time with the Clippers, who, with the potential to sign two free agents to max contracts, likely will be focused on other business first. His toughness, leadership, defense and shooting ability make him a strong fit with several teams, including the Bulls, who own significant salary-cap space. In his words, he’s “open to anything” in free agency. But to say Beverley sounds fired up about the possibility of playing for his hometown team is as much an understatement as saying he persevered to make the NBA.

Knicks interested in Patrick Beverley

The Knicks have made signing a big man (possibly Detroit’s Greg Monroe) a priority in free agency this summer. However, they will still have an issue to work out in their backcourt — they would like to be rid of Jose Calderon, and will give Langston Galloway, one of the few bright spots on the team last year, a chance to earn more playing time going forward. One potential answer for their guard woes: Rockets free agent Patrick Beverley. A source told Sporting News at the opening of free agency that the Knicks have “major interest” in Beverley, and that the interest is mutual. The Knicks contacted Beverley shortly after free agency began.
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