It has come to light that LA Clippers’ All-Defense guard, Patrick Beverley, requested a trade prior to the deal that sent Chris Paul to Houston.
Speaking today on the Woj Pod with Adrian Wojnarowski, the LA Clippers’ point guard discussed being traded from the Rockets. The pair also talked about the Clippers culture and Milos Teodosic.
It is interesting to note that Beverley wanted to step into the spotlight in a new challenge. Perhaps the ability to dictate play offensively without a dominant lead guard next to him was an attractive option at this point in his career.
"“I asked for it, you know, I asked for a bigger opportunity. A bigger chance to display my skills on a high level, and I was fortunate that the Rockets did really good with me and put me in a situation where I can thrive and be successful.”"
The Clippers organization is surely thankful that they were able to bring in such a well respected and capable replacement for Chris Paul at the 1.
Beverley also expressed his excitement to take a leadership role and his intentions to change the ball club’s culture. Specifically, Beverley wants to create a “Blue collar” and “grit and grind tough-minded” team. This has to be exciting for Clipper fans. A team oft-infamous for its relationship with NBA officials has a chance to create a new culture through hustle.
Beverley discussed new (and former) teammate Milos Teodosic. Beverley doesn’t believe Teodosic will have problems adjusting to the NBA, and reinforced the elite passing Clippers fans can expect. For trivia’s sake, Beverley noted that he used to use Teodosic’s name as his hotel alias.
Based on the interview and other indications, Beverley is excited to be in LA and will be a credit to the Clippers organization. We look forward to seeing him in Clippers colors for game action.