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3 Most Likely Destinations for Patrick Beverley in Free Agency

Zach Brunner
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After two full seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, point guard Patrick Beverley will be able to explore his options as a free agent. Though still one of the league's best defenders at the position, Beverley's time with the Clippers was shortened by injury, missing a total of 75 games.

With Beverley presumably healthy, there are plenty of teams that could use the defensive-minded guard, especially after the defensively-stout Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championship.

Here are the three most likely destinations for the veteran guard.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

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After finally trading for Anthony Davis, the Lakers jumped to the betting favorite to win the championship, but that would assume they bring in more championship-caliber players. Currently, Alex Caruso is slated to be the starting point guard. Signing Beverley would give them an improvement to their starting ball-handler, as well as give the team a needed defensive boost. Beverley also comes as a bargain, compared to Kemba Walker or Kyrie Irving, who, regardless, the Lakers presently cannot afford.

2. Indiana Pacers

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The Pacers are a defensive-minded team that would welcome the services of Beverley. He would also be able to come in and be the starter, if the team were to let Darren Collison walk in free agency. Playing alongside Victor Oladipo in the backcourt would create a primer defensive duo at guard and scoring against them would be difficult.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

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It would make sense for Beverley to re-sign with the Clippers, as they look to make a splash this offseason. If the Clippers are able to re-sign Beverley and recruit Kawhi Leonard, they would immediately become one of the best defensive teams in the league. The two-time Finals MVP and two-time Defensive Player of the Year just showed how he can change a franchise. Playing alongside Beverley under coach Doc Rivers could make this the team to take down the best in the West. Even if the Clippers don't sign Kawhi, Beverly was part of the heart and soul of that team. You'd have to imagine both sides have mutual interest.

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