The Mavericks have a strong chance to end up with Patrick Beverley.
Dallas and the 30-year-old guard believe they are a "perfect fit," according to a report from the Dallas Morning News, which cites unidentified league sources. Beverley and the team will meet at some point after free agency begins June 30.
Beverley averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 78 games for the Clippers this season. The lockdown defender spent the first five years of his career with the Rockets before he was sent to Los Angeles as part of the Chris Paul trade in June 2017.
“I feel like any team I’m on, I can help take that team to the playoffs,” Beverley told the Chicago Tribune recently. “Just me, my attitude, what I bring defensively, my grit and grind, my ability to play-make, rebound and make shots, the leader I am, I’m excited to see what door opens. If it’s a young team or older veteran team, I’m ready.
“This is my first time being an unrestricted free agent, so of course I’m super excited to go through the process, to be wooed, to see the hard work and everything I’ve been through to this point be rewarded. I’m just really happy and confident and excited with how this past season went. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
The Lakers and 76ers are both interested in Beverley, according to the report. He also said he’d be open to joining the Bulls.
The Mavericks finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. They’re expected to offer restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis a max contract and could pursue Al Horford, as well.
Dallas guard Luka Doncic was named the Rookie of the Year at the NBA awards show earlier this week.