2. The Golden State Warriors will regret letting Beverley sign with the Bulls
Patrick Beverley may have been courted by many teams, but as he revealed on his podcast (“The Pat Bev Podcast”) his decision came down to two teams: the Bulls and the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors likely couldn’t offer Beverley much of a financial incentive, but depending on how the next two months go, they may wish they had done everything they could to court the veteran guard. Recognizing their needed defensive help in the backcourt they traded James Wiseman for (ultimately) Gary Payton II, but with Payton now out indefinitely with an abdominal injury, they may still have the same need laying unaddressed.
Beverley has been in big NBA games before and could step in and prop up the defense. The Warriors appear to have been stuck in a malaise this year coming down off the high of the title, and Beverley could have injected fire into them once again. Imagine Beverley and Draymond Green barking at each other about who missed a defensive rotation; they could feed off each other’s energy and help elevate the entire team.
The Warriors will hope Payton makes it back in time, or that Donte DiVincenzo can handle a larger load defensively. If not, they will regret that Beverley signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls instead of chasing a ring with them.