The Philadelphia 76ers have added another veteran voice in the locker room after signing Patrick Beverley to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million. As opposed to the word coming from one of the many news breakers across the NBA landscape, it was announced by Beverley himself via The Pat Bev Podcast.
Having begun the 2022-2023 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Beverley was traded away to the Orlando Magic at the deadline in a four-team deal, though he would never suit up for the Magic. Instead, after agreeing to a contract buyout, Beverley would join the struggling Chicago Bulls, who proved in need of the boost of veteran leadership. Over the entire season, Beverley averaged 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while averaging 27.1 minutes per game.
Playing in 22 games with the Bulls, Patrick Beverley led them to a record of 13-9 and a winning percentage of 59%, noticeably higher than their record without the hardnosed guard of 27-33 (45% WP).
Beverley looks to add another grizzled veteran presence to this Sixers team who continue their quest to reach the Eastern Conference Finals and, more importantly, win an NBA Championship. While he may not be relied upon to the degree he once was, Patrick Beverley remains a strong defender on the court, a passionate leader off it, and figures to be a mentor for the Sixers’ young gaggle of guards.