Clippers News: Patrick Beverley says he was the one who asked to be traded from the Rockets
While many believe that Patrick Beverley‘s inclusion in the Chris Paul trade was to serve as the glue guy, and also to entice the L.A. Clippers even more to deal their star point guard, he has recently revealed that it was apparently not the case.
The 29-year-old Arkansas product recently appeared in the latest episode of The Woj Pod with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, where he admitted that he was the one who asked his former team, the Houston Rockets, to trade him. He cited his desire to have a bigger role as his main reason for doing so, and said that he respects them for not dumping him in a team where he won’t be able to showcase his skills.
“It comes kind of surprising to people that ask, ‘Why did they trade you?’ I asked for it. I asked for a bigger opportunity, a bigger chance to display my skills on a high level and I was fortunate that the Rockets did really good with me and [put] me in a situation where I can thrive and be successful. They could have really dumped me anywhere, but they did right, and I respect them a lot for it.”
That may come as a surprise as he was already the undisputed starter in Houston, and averaged 30.7 minutes per game last season, together with 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals. It was also well documented that he had a good relationship with James Harden, and is happy to play alongside him.
Now with the Clippers, he will have the opportunity to compete for more minutes, and also take more shots. Head coach Doc Rivers has proven in the past that he believes in his point guards needing to score and not just to set the plays during offense. However, what makes Beverley a very important piece to his new team, is his defensive prowess, which he can showcase further now that he will be playing in Los Angeles.
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