As was expected, the Magic’s President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman has officially announced this weekend that guard Patrick Beverley has been waived by the team to become a free agent, and now is at liberty to choose his future squad.
The former Lakers player did not play a single game for Orlando, as he was traded to Florida for Brazilian Mo Bamba and a second-round pick just before the transfer deadline on February 9th. Magic management decided that the terms of the deal are not to be disclosed.
The six-foot-two player participated in 45 games for the Lakers so far this campaign, and although he was not a common starter for Los Angeles, he averaged 26.9 minutes per contest. The 34 year-old also dropped 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds. and 2.6 assists per game.
Arguably one of his best performances this season was last month against the league leaders, when he dropped 15 points in the Lakers’ last minute loss in overtime.
Check out Beverly’s highlights against Boston, as he also added five rebounds and five assists:
The veteran guard, who has been especially controversial this season, also took the spotlight that game for showing the referees a replay with a professional camera of a debatable play against the Lakers, as he recieved a historical technical foul for his actions.
Rumour has it that now Beverley is close to signing a new contract with the Timberwolves, where he displayed some of his best basketball back in 2021. That year he achieved 9.2 points per game, 4.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 58 matches with the Minnesota side.
The 34-year-old helped get the Timberwolves to the playoffs that season, before he was traded over the summer to the Lakers. A few of our favorite sport betting sites consider the Minnesota team have the 12th best odds to win the NBA title this tournament, do you believe signing Beverley will help the Wolves build a stronger case?
Sources: A Patrick Beverley reunion in Minnesota is in the works, via the buyout market. Multiple teams are interested in Beverley for a playoff push.
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) February 9, 2023
Terrence Ross was also waived and might sign for the Suns
This weekend, the Orlando management also waived veteran Terrence Ross, who had appeared in 349 career games (55 starts) with the Magic, averaging 12.7 points., 3.0 rebounds. and 1.7 assists. in 26.1 minutes per game.
“We truly appreciate his professionalism and veteran leadership. We are excited this agreement will give him an outstanding opportunity, and we wish he and his family all the best,” said Weltman. “We want to thank Terrence for all of his contributions during his time here in Orlando.”
The shooting guard also ranks sixth on both Orlando’s all-time three-pointers scored list with 697, and three-pointers attempted list with 1,986. The six-foot-seven player had played in 42 games (nine starts) this championship with Orlando, averaging 8 points, 2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 22.5 minutes per game.
Ross, who played most of his career with the Toronto Raptors, is now open to choose his future team, as it is rumoured that Phoenix might be his next destination. It has been reported that the Suns want him to sit in the reserves and become Kevin Durant’s cover.