Pat Beverley

Report: Patrick Beverley re-signs on four-year deal to remain with Rockets


Patrick Beverley is known as being an agitator on the defensive end of the floor, and that schtick provides a perfect complement to the offensive brilliance of James Harden in the backcourt of the Houston Rockets.

Beverley was a restricted free agent this summer, but re-signed in Houston on an extremely reasonable deal that will help secure the future of the team that finished last season with the second-best record in the Western Conference.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Pat Beverley’s deal with Houston, I’m told: $ 18 million over 3 with a 5 million non guaranteed year in year 4.

Incredibly cost-effective deal for the Rockets.

Beverley averaged 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in Houston last season, and started in 55 of his 56 regular season appearances while playing 30.8 minutes per contest.

Chandler Parsons recruiting Patrick Beverley to Mavericks


Chandler Parsons said he was ready to recruit free agent to the Mavericks.

Unless Parsons has gone rogue, Dallas hopes to poach another Rocket – Patrick Beverley.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

With Pat Beverley heading into free agency, the Rockets point guard said he is already seeing the renowned recruiting talents of former teammate Chandler Parsons first hand.

“I hear from Chandler every day,” Beverley said. “It’s hard, but I try not to think about it. I can’t talk about contracts. It’s going to be a fun summer. I have put myself in a position to be set for life and that’s something that I never thought was possible growing up.”

Beverley would be an excellent fit with the Mavericks.

The Rockets exposed Dallas’ defensive holes in the playoffs, and Beverley would at least fill one. As the Rajon Rondo experiment and subsequent success showed, Rick Carlisle’s system works better with a point guard who can make 3s and doesn’t dominate the ball. That’s Beverley.

How much money would the Mavericks offer Beverley, who will be a restricted free agent?

Al-Farouq Aminu will definitely opt out, and last check had Monta Ellis doing the same. Let’s assume they both do. Let’s also assume Dallas renounces all its free agents and waives Dwight Powell, who has an unguaranteed salary.

Using data from Basketball Insiders, the Mavericks would project to have about $30.9 million in cap space.

A max contract for DeAndre Jordan (who’s reportedly interested in Dallas) or LaMarcus Aldridge would start at about $19 million. With or without one of those top free agents, Dallas would lose cap space by re-signing any of its own free agents like Ellis, Aminu and/or Tyson Chandler.

The Mavericks have room to chase Beverley. It just limits their flexibility elsewhere.

Dallas probably must offer more than $10 million per season to convince Houston not to match.

Because Beverley has been in the league three seasons, the Gilbert Arenas Provision does not apply. A team can sign him to an offer sheet worth up to a max contract, and it can’t balloon like the Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin deals.

The Rockets definitely value Beverley. But as the Parsons saga showed last year, they might place more value in the flexibility to chase a third star to complement James Harden and Dwight Howard.

I hope Dallas chases Beverley – to see how he’d fit in the Mavericks’ system, to see how Houston would build its roster and to see one more Mark Cuban-Daryl Morey clash.

Doc Rivers on whether Chris Paul will play in Game 1 vs. Rockets: ‘If I had to guess, I would say no’


Chris Paul was amazing in leading his team to a last-second Game 7 victory over the defending champion Spurs, and his performance was especially impressive when seeing him dealing with a hamstring injury at the very same time.

After completing a series that was an absolute war, the Clippers must regroup less than 48 hours later for Game 1 of their second-round matchup with the Rockets. And they may have to do so with Paul sitting this one out.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Based on how Rivers also sounded, it will be surprising if Paul is available for Game 1 of the Clippers’ second-round series against the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

The well-rested Rockets and the Clippers split their four-game season series. Paul averaged 16.8 points, 9.5 assists and 3.3 assists in 36.3 minutes per game in four contests against the Rockets this season. The Rockets are without injured starting point guard Pat Beverley. And if Paul is out, the Clippers will have to turn to reserve Austin Rivers and seldom-used reserve Lester Hudson.

“Chris may play or may not play the first game, but the game is Monday … my guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no,” Rivers said.

It would be a shame to see the Clippers fall behind against the Rockets early in the series simply due to not being at full strength. But this is why the postseason is such a grind, and why the team left standing at the end has truly earned the right to be called champions.

Kevin McHale expecting bad news on Patrick Beverley injury.

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Dwight Howard will return against the Pelicans tomorrow if Rockets coach Kevin McHale’s plan comes to fruition.

But, at best, Houston will still be down a starter.

The Rockets beat the Pacers in Indiana last night, and they’re headed to New Orleans – without Patrick Beverley.

Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle:

Rockets point guard Pat Beverley flew back to Houston from Indianapolis on Tuesday to have his left wrist evaluated.

“If the news is bad on Pat, he might be out awhile,” McHale said. “We will find out the news on Pat, but the initial thought was that it might be bad. Hopefully it will be good news.”

Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will plug the hole if Beverley is out an extended period, but that’s a dramatic drop defensively. Beverley is an All-Defensive-player, and Terry and Prigioni are negatives on that end.

Howard’s return could pay big dividends thanks to his rim protection. Opposing guards will definitely have easier paths into the paint, but Howard could slow them once they penetrate.

Offensively, Houston is far less reliant on its point guard than the typical team thanks to James Harden. Harden is a premier playmaker, and the ball will flow through him – with or without Howard – no matter who plays point guard.

Rockets coach McHale says Dwight Howard won’t be returning ‘any time soon’


Dwight Howard was a surprise late scratch for his return to Los Angeles against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers back on Nov. 19. A knee issue had crept up, and this early in the season, there was no reason to risk any further damage by trying to play through something that could be a lingering problem as the year goes on.

A day later, Howard underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on the knee, in an attempt to speed up the healing process.

But nine games later, Howard is still sidelined with the injury. And Rockets head coach Kevin McHale intimated that his starting center is likely to be out for the foreseeable future.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The Rockets’ hope that Dwight Howard could be close to returning from his strained right knee seemed to be fading.

While discussing Pat Beverley’s return from a strained left hamstring, Rockets coach Kevin McHale said “It would be nice to get everybody else back, but that won’t be happening any time soon.”

McHale had previously said he hoped that Howard, who has been out since Nov. 19, might be ready to return in time to play on the Rockets’ road trip Wednesday and Thursday to play Golden State and Sacramento. Asked if he had a better feel for Howard’s timetable, he said again, “He won’t be back anytime soon.”

The good news for Houston is that they’ve managed to keep winning in the short term, despite Howard’s absence.

The Rockets are 7-2 with Howard sidelined, and that includes wins against good teams like Memphis and Dallas.

Houston hopes to be playing deep into the postseason, however, and that’s unlikely to be possible if Howard remains out of action.