Clippers' Pat Beverley on Joining Bulls: 'I Bleed Chicago...I Can Save the City'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 15, 2019

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If the Chicago Bulls are looking for someone who can add swagger and confidence to their roster this summer, Patrick Beverley sounds like he would be happy to join the franchise. 

Per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Beverley discussed the possibility of signing with his hometown team as a free agent.

"I am Chicago," he said. "I'm from Chicago. I bleed Chicago. I really think I can help the city. I think I can save the city. I inspire already. And I'd be a great inspiration just walking around the city of Chicago, knowing I'm from there, knowing that someone made it out and you can go and do the same."

Beverley would be a strong fit for what the Bulls need to improve coming off a 22-60 record last season.

Chicago ranked in the bottom 10 of the NBA in a number of key defensive categories, including efficiency (25th) and three-point percentage allowed (26th). It also finished 20th with 113.4 points allowed per game. 

The hallmark of Beverley's game is playing aggressive defense and getting under the skin of his opponents. He's also shown a willingness to adapt based on what his team's need, based on the results from a conversation with Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers last November.

"I changed my energy, just started to become more selfless," Beverley told Andrew Greiff of the Los Angeles Times. "Everything else kind of fell in place from there. Put the team first."

Beverley is an unrestricted free agent this summer for the first time in his career. The 30-year-old is an efficient offensive player, averaging 7.6 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 39.7 per cent from three-point range in 2018-19. 

The Bulls have solid options in the backcourt with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, but they are offense-first players who are limited on defense. Beverley would bring a change in the current roster dynamic and help elevate the franchise if they decide to make a serious push for him.