Hometown Guy Beverley Could Return To Play For Bulls

Patrick Beverley was born in Chicago and faced Derrick Rose in high school, but he was hoping to be a part of the star-studded (and 0-1) Miami Heat this season. Those hopes were dashed on Monday when the Heat made their roster cuts and waived him. And this was after Miami gave him a two-year deal worth $1.3 million. Now rumors are mounting that the Chicago Bulls may pick up the 22-year-old defensive point guard to add yet more bench depth.

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Beverly was a second-round draft pick (42nd overall) of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 but decided to stay in Europe, where he was playing at the time. He was traded to the Heat for cash and a future second round pick in a draft-night deal. Beverley has yet to appear in an NBA game, though he averaged 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists in six preseason games.

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He's not a big guy and is generally considered a raw player offensively. But, for a team already lauded for its depth, Beverley would be further icing on a tall cake. If the Bulls do pick him up, they're expected to wait until tomorrow (Thursday) or thereafter, so Beverley clears waivers. This will save the team from having to take on his aforementioned contract.

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