Dallas Mavericks: What it would cost to sign Patrick Beverley
By Kohl Rast
The Dallas Mavericks have interest in Patrick Beverley and by the looks of things, there could be mutual interest from both parties. What would it cost for the Mavs to land the 30-year old guard?
There are going to be some moves made by the Dallas Mavericks this summer. That is just the fact of the matter and Mavs fans around the world should be very excited about this likelihood. Whether the team is able to land a star or goes with a Plan B of grabbing two guys not in the top tier, things are looking up for the team after three years worth of rebuilding.
One name that has been consistently in talks by Mavs fans and some Mavs writers is Patrick Beverley. Beverley has spent the past two years with the Los Angeles Clippers after spending his first five seasons in the league with the Houston Rockets. The rumors of mutual interest between the Mavs and Beverley have been coming out recently, but many fans have wanted him for some time.
Patrick Beverley is one of those guys in the league that has no problem playing the villain. He is not particularly well-liked around the league, but fans of his team recognize just how much he can add to a winning formula. He was a huge part of the success of the LA Clippers this year, who pushed the defending champs to six games as the eight-seed.
During those six games, Beverley was tasked with guarding Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant at different times during the series. He played all of them tough and provided a bit of a punch on the offensive end as well, averaging 9.8 points per game to go with his 8 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
The Mavs are among many teams reportedly interested in adding the veteran to their roster this year, so what would they have to offer to get a deal good enough to win him over?
Beverley made a little over $5 million this year. His biggest income in a regular season so far in his career was $6.5 million in 2015-16 while with the Rockets. I don’t think it is difficult to make an argument that Bev has earned more than that in his upcoming deal.
If the Mavs were to offer something in the ballpark of a three-year/$24-$27 million deal, I think that would be a pretty solid contract for a guy who will be 31 before the start of next season. Chances are, Beverley knows this is his last good chance to get some money and some years in a deal. This deal would limit the Mavs flexibility this summer, but would not halt the summer pursuit completely.
The market for a 6’1″ defense-first guard is an interesting one to try and assess because honestly there really aren’t any other players like Beverley in the league. His ability to play seamlessly next to Luka Doncic in the Mavs offense would be worth paying a little bit extra for, though, and I think that is a smart route for the Mavs to take.
It is probably best if Beverley isn’t the Mavs first option this summer, but having him near the top of the list in priority would certainly not be a bad thing. Whether or not Bev ends up in a Mavs jersey next season, he has earned a good contract for his play this year.