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Heat eyeing trade for Western Conference defensive ace: report

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Could Patrick Beverley, the spark plug keeper who was originally drafted into the NBA by the Miami Heat many moons ago, finally make his way to South Beach? That’s one of the lines of speculation as the Utah Jazz dismantling continues.

One problem with Beverley, as well as all the pieces Utah acquired in the mammoth deal with Rudy Gobert earlier this month, is that the Jazz have yet to clarify what they plan to do with him, guard Malik Beasley, forward Jarred, according to Heavy Sports sources Vanderbilt and guard Leandro Bolmaro.

Utah would obviously love to bring back first-round picks for any of the above players, but some league executives are wondering if any contract takeovers are on the horizon. That would reduce the willingness of the teams to make offers.

ESPN reported Tuesday that new evidence suggests the Jazz was ready to fully embrace a rebuild at the hands of trading star guard Donovan Mitchell. Along with that would come Utah’s willingness to separate from its other parts, including those arriving from Minnesota.

“I think in some of these cases, like Beverley and Beasley, everyone wants to see if there’s a takeover first,” said a league executive. “They (Jazz) haven’t decided on a track yet.”

Back in June, an Eastern Conference GM told Heavy Sports that Beverley was a longtime favorite of Miami President Pat Riley, who acquired Beverley’s rights from the Lakers as a second-round pick on 2009 draft night. Beverley went to training camp twice with the Heat but ultimately didn’t stick, playing overseas in Ukraine and Greece.

He landed in the NBA in 2013 with a contract with the Rockets.

“The Heat would love to win Patrick Beverley,” said the GM. “Remember, Pat Riley, he drafted Beverley back then and they almost kept him in camp before he went overseas. He has tried to trade for him before. The problem is they want a little bit more in a deal for Duncan Robinson and can’t put together a very good package without him. Robinson is down stock-wise in the league, but Miami is valued higher than other teams.

On Wednesday, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer noted that Beverley is a potential trade target for the Heat and Lakers. But both teams, already lacking in draft assets, would be far more inclined to see if a buyout is possible before rushing to close a trade.

Beverley was a popular figure on social media — either as a subject of love or hate — for his intense defense and fiery attitude. His stats are modest, as he averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 assists, which is 34.3% of his 3s over the last year, but his defense and attitude have eight of the 10 teams he’s played on in his Career helped reach the playoffs.

There would also be some irony if Beverley ended up with the Lakers, because one of his main occupations while he was a member of the Clippers was to needle the Lakers. In 2020 he told me: ‘They are not No. 1 against us. We are the only team that has beaten them twice. … We feel like no matter what team, Lakers, Houston, Portland, Denver, whatever. These teams have to come through us.”

The Clippers finally gambled away a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals series over Denver that season in the Orlando bubble while the Lakers won a title.

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