3 Ways Patrick Beverley’s Lakers arrival impacts rivalry with LA Clippers

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Throughout the last decade, the LA Clippers have had several players whose names will always be remembered. From superstars like Blake Griffin to bench players like Lou Williams, these names are engraved in the franchise history. These players are the reason why the LA Clippers have made a name for themselves regardless of their rivalries.

One former Clipper whose name will constantly be brought up for years to come is Patrick Beverly. Not only is Beverley a great player on the court, but he takes pride in his leadership roles and brings a level of energy that is unmatched. The current roster embraces the underdog status and will always fight until the very end. Beverley is responsible for leaving his footprints on the franchise, thus the countless comeback stories the Clippers have had in the last few seasons.

After being dealt to the Utah Jazz in a blockbuster trade, it was recently reported that Beverley is now making his way to the Los Angeles Lakers. This news is heartbreaking, especially considering how loved he was by the Clippers franchise even after his departure. Now that Beverley is on the other side, this could drastically change the rivalry between the Clippers and the Lakers.

3. Extra motivation to win

Patrick Beverley playing for the Lakers instantly puts a sharper chip on the shoulders of the LA Clippers. After the Minnesota Timberwolves won the first Play-In Tournament game versus the Clippers, Beverley did not hold back on celebrating against his former squad. Furthermore, Beverley wanted to prove to the Clippers organization why they made a mistake in trading him.

As the Battle of L.A. is already intense, the Clippers must defeat Beverley to show who is truly on top. Although Beverley is a Clipper legend, there is always going to be competition when battling against the Lakers.

Prevailing against Beverley in a Laker uniform would make the taste of winning much sweeter. No matter who the Clippers play next season, winning a game against former players will always have a deeper meaning. Whether they were signed elsewhere or traded, the Clippers will never miss an opportunity to show former players what they missed out on.