The Houston Rockets will have the right to match any offer sent Patrick Beverley’s way. That’s apparently not going to stop teams from trying to lure him away.rc="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js">
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4 Teams Contact Beverley as Free Agency Opens
Wednesday, July 1
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported the Rockets, Knicks, Kings and Mavericks have each been in contact with Beverley in the opening hours of free agency.
As a restricted free agent, Beverley won’t be in total control of his future team. The Rockets can match any offer put on the table, which should depress his market somewhat. Beverley, 26, averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season.rc="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js">
While he’s a flawed offensive player, Beverley remains a solid on-ball defender with an aggressive mindset. He helped prop up James Harden at times by willingly defending bigger opposing guards and allowing Harden to take a bigger offensive role. Beverley has also developed into a solid three-point shooter, hitting 35.6 percent of his shots from deep last season.
The overwhelming likelihood remains Beverley re-signing with the Rockets. Houston has one of the thinnest point guard rotations in basketball. Beverley knows his role within the team ecosystem and won’t come with an onerous long-term contract.
The only alternatives that present themselves are the Rockets finding a trade for an available point guard or a team showering Beverley with an onerous contract. Houston lost Chandler Parsons last summer after Dallas pulled a similar move. It’s at least possible history will repeat itself.
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