Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves and guard Patrick Beverley have reached a one-year, $13 million contract agreement. The veteran guard was originally dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies by the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, but he ended up in Minnesota instead.
The Timberwolves swooped in and snatched him up, and the decision has paid off for the most part. When it comes to basketball defense, the Minnesota Timberwolves have ranked at the bottom in recent seasons. Last year they finished in the 28th spot. Beverley has made an enormous difference for the Timberwolves, both on the court and in terms of the team’s ethos, and as a result, Minnesota is currently ranked 16th.
I think the biggest thing about Pat is that he just comes in and drives competition up, “Karl-Anthony Towns said to CBS Sports in December. “When competition is high, everyone strives to improve their own fundamental greatness and take a better stance, and I think that just drives competition. He is one of those people who makes everybody around them happier and more energized.
Everyone, including the more senior members of the team, has a terrific time whenever Pat is in the room. When you have someone with his level of insight into basketball, it is fascinating to have conversations with him. ” The 30-27 Timberwolves are the Western Conference’s seventh-best team as of right now.
If they make it through the play-in round, they will enter the postseason for only the second time since 2004. Despite Beverley’s diminished scoring and shooting ability, the Timberwolves signed him because they valued his contributions to the team’s identity. Without this agreement, Beverley would have become a free agent at the end of the season; now he will be staying in Minnesota for at least another year.