Patrick Beverley being shopped
Rumors have also emerged that the Houston Rockets are actively shopping Patrick Beverley in a ploy to create space to add a marquee player. Although Beverley has been a nice piece for the Rockets in recent years, this report isn’t actually all that surprising.
James Harden effectively took over the point guard duties for the Rockets this past year, meaning keeping Beverley on board to run the point isn’t exactly necessary for Clutch City. With Harden in that role, the Rockets were the third seed in the West and one could argue that they’re just one solid player away from truly contending for a title.
And given that Beverley is on an unbelievably friendly contract (roughly $5 million per year with a team option in 2018-19), several teams in need of a veteran point guard could very well be interested.
It just so happens that depending on the free agency decision of George Hill, the Utah Jazz themselves could very well be in the market for such a player. Beverley isn’t a phenomenal offensive player, although he has shot right around 40 percent from deep the past two years, but his defense, hustle and ability to make winning plays could make him a desirable asset especially at such a bargain.
If Utah needs to create space to bring in a key player either via trade or free agency, but aren’t confident in Dante Exum running the point, then looking to make a move for Beverley could very well be an option they consider, which makes the fact that Houston is actively shopping him all the more intriguing.