From the moment that the Minnesota Timberwolves included point guard/shooting guard in the package sent to the Utah Jazz to balance the salary in the exchange for center Rudy Gobert, the fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves have been looking for ways to get him back on the roster. After all, Beverley’s arrival did two things that the Timberwolves fans very much appreciated.
Firstly, he said that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be going to the NBA Playoffs. Secondly, and far more importantly, he backed that bold proclamation up by delivering the goods. In fact, when the team seemed to be wilting under the pressure, he stepped up and fought hard. The fans did not forget.
But trading an NBA player away creates a difficult path back for that player to get to that roster. You see, after trading a player, that player cannot be traded back. The only path back is for that player to be cut or bought out, and then re-sign with his former team as a free agent.
Well, the Utah Jazz traded veteran guard Patrick Beverley to the LA Lakers. Once there, he became part of their starting lineup, pushing teammate PG Russell Westbrook into a sixth-man role. But at the trade deadline, the Lakers sent Beverley packing once more, this time to the Orlando Magic. Once there, the Magic bought out Patrick Beverley, making him a free agent, and opening the door to his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Only it now seems as though he did NOT get that memo:
But wait. . . The Chicago Bulls. How soon will this happen? Well, pretty quickly it seems.
And so, it appears as though when veteran Patrick Beverley had choices, he decided to sign elsewhere. Has he made the right decision? For his career, he knows what he wants next. After all, he’s earned that right. But for Minnesota Timberwolves fans, the dream of getting Patrick Beverley back on the roster to deliver another NBA Playoffs appearance is rapidly dissipating.
Is he really signing with the Chicago Bulls?
It appears as though some other player must now step up and face the heat of an NBA Playoffs run. Patrick Beverley is on the move again, but he won’t be calling Target Center home.