The Bulls have transparently indicated that they’re looking for a veteran point guard this offseason.
Clipper and impending free agent Patrick Beverley has been a frequently mentioned target. At 30 years old and known more for his defensive prowess and toughness than his ability to change the game offensively, he’s not the long-term fix. But adding him to the roster gives the team a well-respected veteran leader and a marketable hometown player that many Bulls fans already like. He could also help mentor a draftee at the position, or the still young-ish Kris Dunn.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson, articulated how excited he would be should a reunion with his hometown team be in the cards.
I am Chicago. I’m from Chicago. I bleed Chicago. I really think I can help the city. I think I can save the city, I inspire already. And I’d be a great inspiration just walking around the city of Chicago, knowing I’m from there, knowing that someone made it out and you can go and do the same.
So of course I’m open to playing for the Chicago Bulls if that’s a team that’s interested in me. At the same time, any decision that is made, it’s never personal. It’s always business. I have to make the right decision for me and my family.
A note about his hometown from this past season:
A blizzard that backed up traffic caused the Los Angeles Clippers all kinds of travel issues before a late January matchup against the Bulls and many of the players arrived only 45 minutes before tipoff. Beverly offered a suggestion on how the Clippers could get to the United Center quickest from their downtown Chicago hotel.
“I told him to go down Jackson, but he didn’t listen.”
Only problem? Jackson is a one-way west to east street, so if the Clippers were in a downtown loop hotel and needed to go east to west to get to the UC they couldn’t have taken Jackson.
But here’s an opportunity for Beverley to reacquaint himself with the nuances of the city he grew up in.
He is also impressed with what the Bulls are building on the court.
(The Bulls) got a good young core. Coach JB, he seems pretty cool. They just hired Roy Rogers (coached Beverley in Houston) and I’m real familiar with him. They got some young stars in the making. Of course Zach LaVine is a stud. (Lauri) Markkanen is going to be a stud. Wendell Carter Jr. is going to be a stud.