BREAKING: Sixers trade Patrick Beverley to the Milwaukee Bucks

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Patrick Beverley, left, reacts past Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Veteran point guard Patrick Beverley has been traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Milwaukee Bucks for Cam Payne and a 2027 second-round pick. The Sixers’ now-former gritty guard first broke the news via the Pat Bev Pod Twitter account. Beverley has been a fan favorite all season long for his gritty attitude and his excellent play. He has been nothing short of a leader and an invaluable player for this Sixers team that has been hampered by injuries.

Pat Bev came to the Sixers this past offseason on a one-year minimum deal and had made his mark quickly on the team. He leaves Philadelphia averaging 6.3 points, 3.1 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 47 games played. His tenacity will surely be missed by the Sixers on the court. Pat Bev had been one of the most consistent rotation mainstays on the season, endearing himself to the fanbase. The scrappy guard now heads to Milwaukee to play under his former head coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers.

Cam Payne joins the Sixers after playing 47 games for Milwaukee this season. He is averaging 6.2 points and 2.3 assists per game on 45.5% from the field and 39.7% from beyond the arc. He has been a career backup since he first came into the league in the 2015-2016 season and will attempt to add more offense to the Sixers. Payne brings consistent three-point shooting and over 50 games of playoff experience with him to the Sixers. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Philadelphia lost an incredible veteran voice in the lockerroom. Hopefully, the offensive upside of Payne and the value of the 2027 second-round pick will prove worthwhile. There also remains the possibility that this is a precursor to adding guard Kyle Lowry after an eventual buyout, but until that’s concrete, it remains merely an idea.