Former Arkansas Razorback poing guard Patrick Beverley has worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets so far this offseason in his quest to return to the NBA according to his agent Kevin Bradbury. Beverley averaged 13.0 points, 2.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two seasons at Arkansas. The point guard also shot a respectable 38.2 percent from three and averaged 2.0 converted three-point attempts in his 70 games as a Razorback.
The 24-year-old Beverley skipped ahead to the NBA after his sophomore season and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, but did not play a single game in a Laker uniform. He went over to the Euroleague for that season and played for the club Olympiakos. That same year he also played for Olympiakos in the Greek Super League. Beverley didn’t get the playing time he was looking for to pad his resume, only averaging 9.3 minutes in the Euroleague and 17.0 minutes in the Greek Super League.
After delving into the Euroleague, Beverley played for the Miami Heat summer league squad in 2010. Still, Beverley didn’t get the call to the NBA that he was hoping for. He then tried another route, landing in Russia and playing for the Spartak St. Petersburg basketball team. In two years with the Russian League Beverley got the playing time he wanted, averaging 14.6 points, 4.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 32.0 minutes. Although he didn’t shoot the ball well from long distance, he bettered his two-point shooting average to 50.3 percent.
Beverley’s hometown is Chicago, so right now the best fit seems for him to land on the Bulls. This move would make sense, as the Bulls could use any help they can get at the guard position with the departure of Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson and the likelihood that point guard Derrick Rose will be out for the 2012-13 season. Beverley attended Marshall High School in Chicago.
With the rosters of the Bulls, Cavaliers and Rockets needing help at the guard position, especially off the bench, Beverley could finally suit up in an NBA uniform and play this upcoming season. He’s taken quite a path, but the former Arizona guard is determined to play at the highest level of basketball.
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