Patrick Beverley Eyeing Rockets Return In NBA Free Agency

Patrick Beverley, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, NBA Trade Rumors
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Patrick Beverley could sign with the Houston Rockets this summer. The NBA veteran said on his podcast that if superstar guard James Harden goes back to Houston, he might follow The Beard.

Beverley spent the first five years of his NBA career with the Rockets. The rugged defender averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 291 games with Houston while shooting 41.4% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc, and 76.4% from the free-throw line.

The Rockets, who never missed the playoffs with Beverley, traded Pat Bev to the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 2017 in the blockbuster Chris Paul trade. Beverley, a Chicago native, has played for the Rockets, Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Lakers, and Chicago Bulls.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Patrick Beverley, Chicago Bulls & Houston Rockets Updates

Beverley split time between the Lakers and Bulls this season. He was traded by Los Angeles to the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline. After Beverley was bought out by the Magic, he joined his hometown Bulls. The Arkansas product averaged 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 67 games with the Lakers and Bulls.

The Lakers, led by All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, made it to the Western Conference Finals, while the Bulls missed the playoffs despite having Beverley, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Nikola Vucevic.

Houston has over $60 million in cap space this summer. Harden is expected to return to the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent and it sounds like Beverley could be on the way as well.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Patrick Beverley, Chicago Bulls & Houston Rockets Updates

Beverley has career averages of 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. The 34-year-old has made three All-Defensive teams since entering the NBA in 2012.

The Rockets won only 22 games this season. They have the fourth overall pick in the 2023 draft and a new head coach. Houston hired former Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka.

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