NBA Trade Deadline Forces Patrick Beverley To Reveal 1st Crucial Move In Bucks Stint With Damian Lillard

Published 02/08/2024, 3:56 PM EST

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In an effort to improve their perimeter defense, the Milwaukee Bucks recently acquired veteran guard Patrick Beverley from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round selection. This move reunites Beverley with coach Doc Rivers and gives the Bucks a much-needed defensive boost as they prepare for the season’s final stretch. However, this move might cause some in-team conflicts as there is bad blood between Beverley and their star guard Damian Lillard.

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NBA insider Chris Haynes mentioned it on NBA TV and asked Damian Lillard about this situation. Lillard said, “He (Beverley) brings in an edge and a defensive end tenacity on the perimeter that we need. There are not many players on a nightly who bring it on like him, and I look forward to working together. Our past personal issues don’t trump an opportunity to win a championship.”

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The feud between Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley erupted on Twitter following a heated game in 2023 between the Trail Blazers and the Lakers. Beverley had criticized Lillard’s shooting performance due to which Lillard referred to Beverley as a “con man” and that sparked a controversy on social media. However now that they are gonna play together, even Patrick Beverley spoke about burying the hatchet with Lillard on his podcast saying, “I gotta get my relationship right with Dame.” 

 

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Because the Bucks have been looking for perimeter defensive assistance in the lead-up to the trade deadline. And the person who can solve their problems is Patrick Beverley as he fills that critical gap in their squad.

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Patrick Beverley’s defensive tenacity can solve the Bucks’ problems

Beverley, known for his stubborn and physical defensive style, adds a lot of skill and durability to the Bucks’ backcourt. Beverley, who spent three seasons under Rivers’ guidance with the Los Angeles Clippers, is familiar with the coach’s approach and is expected to fit in well with Milwaukee’s defensive strategies. Milwaukee’s defensive rating is currently 18th in the league, so the arrival of Beverley gives a major boost on that end of the floor. Despite only averaging 6.3 points per game this season, Beverley’s impact extends beyond the stat sheet, as his tenacity and energy set the level for his team’s defensive play.

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And as Damian Lillard is recognized for his offensive brilliance, Beverley gives a dependable defensive alternative that complements Lillard’s scoring abilities. Furthermore, Beverley’s ability to play backup point guard expands Milwaukee’s backcourt rotation and improves their overall defensive versatility. So, as the regular season comes to an end and the playoffs approach, all eyes will be on Beverley as he attempts to make his mark on his new team and help lead them to playoff glory.

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