The Chicago Bulls have reached a deal with former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Patrick Beverley after he reached a buyout agreement with the Orlando Magic. He was traded just before the 2022-23 NBA Trade Deadline for center Mo Bamba. With the news that the Bulls are shutting down Lonzo Ball for the season, the team needs a point guard that can play for the rest of the season. Beverley was a popular name on the buyout market and now he will play the rest of the season in Chicago. In the offseason, he will look for a long-term deal in free agency.
Kid from Chicago???? https://t.co/9jsQgPVnMj
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) February 20, 2023
This season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Patrick Beverley averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 40.2 percent and a three-point percentage of 34.8 percent. Beverley is a gritty defender and veteran leader who buys into team cultures fairly quickly. While he has been traded around quite a bit lately, he still has plenty of value in the NBA. Free Agency will be a chance for him to sign a long-term contract and hopefully not get traded again for a while at least. The Bulls are unlikely to make the Playoffs this season but needed a guard to play for the rest of the season and turned to an experienced veteran.
Update: The Chicago Bulls waived center Tony Bradley to make room for Patrick Beverley on the roster.