By Thomas Gibbons
One of the focuses this offseason for John Paxson and the Chicago Bulls is the point guard position. Whether it’s via free agency, the draft or both, it is a glaring weakness on the roster.
One intriguing free agent is Patrick Beverley. A Chicago native, Beverley has made his mark on the league by being a shutdown defender. His most recent accomplishment came in 2017 in which he made the NBA All-Defensive First Team alongside Draymond Green, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard and Rudy Gobert. It’s impressive company for the now 30 year-old guard.
Fast forward to today, Beverley will be an unrestricted free agent come June 30th and there should be a handful of teams looking for his services. The Bulls could be one of them. And Bulls fans have made it know on social media that they would want nothing more than Beverley to play for his hometown.
“The ones where they had my picture in a Bulls jersey,” Beverley told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune Thursday in a phone interview. “That looked pretty dope.”
Beverley has taken notice of Bulls fans tagging him on Twitter. He also acknowledged when his former coach in Houston, Roy Rogers, signed on to be an assistant on Jim Boylen’s staff.
“I am Chicago. I’m from Chicago. I bleed Chicago. I really think I can help the city. I think I can save the city,” Beverley said. “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. “I’m a Chicago kid. So of course I’m open to playing for the Chicago Bulls if that’s a team that’s interested in me. At the same time, any decision that is made, it’s never personal. It’s always business. I have to make the right decision for me and my family.”-Chicago Tribune
This is the first step in the free agency process you could say. Beverley would be interested in playing for the Bulls. Are the Bulls interested in him? The Athletic has reported that the Bulls are considering signing Beverley this summer.
This could be a great fit for Beverley and the Bulls. For Beverley, he gets to play in his hometown and be a mentor to the younger guys on the team. For the Bulls, it gives them depth at point guard position.