The Milwaukee Bucks acquired defensive-minded Jae Crowder in a three-team deal involving the Brooklyn Nets and the Phoenix Suns. However, in the process, the Bucks became thin at their point guard rotation as the deal saw the departure of George Hill from the Bucks. As it turns out, there is an all-star guard available via the buyout market who Giannis Antetokounmpo once tried to recruit to Milwaukee. Patrick Beverley, after being traded to the Orlando Magic, was waived and is now available to sign elsewhere.
Could Patrick Beverley Join The Milwaukee Bucks?
Patrick Beverley was traded to Orlando as a part of a deal that sent big man Mo Bamba back to the Lakers. The Magic then waived Patrick Beverley just days after acquiring the veteran guard in a trade, the team announced. The 34 year old guard is now free to sign with a team of his choice. The Bucks are left with only Jrue Holiday and Jevon Carter as point guards, and they may want to look into more depth at the position.
The possibility of Beverley joining the Bucks is not too crazy. It was reported that Giannis Antetokounmpo has previously shown interest in the 6-foot-2 guard. A report by behindthebucks.com cited an instance in which Beverley supposedly recalled how Antetokounmpo tried to recruit him to join the Bucks during a pre-game chat.
In one of the episodes of The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone, Beverley claimed that Antetokounmpo told him: “I like you, Pat. You want to win a championship? I like you. You come to Milwaukee Pat. I like you.”
Similar to what P.J. Tucker brought to the Bucks in 2021, Beverley would be a seamless fit with the Bucks due to his defensive intensity. Beverley was named NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2017 and NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2014 and 2020. In the 45 games that he played with the Lakers this season, the 11-year veteran averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks have been linked to Patrick Beverley by more than once source. The fit would make a ton of sense for both sides.
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