On Monday Patrick Beverley was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and on Wednesday he’s headed to Los Angeles.
The former Arkansas Razorbacks standout is a part of the Chris Paul blockbuster trade that went down late Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, and a first-round pick in 2018, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Beverley developed from an on-court menace into a defensive force in the Rockets lineup over the past few seasons. He often gets into scuffles with players who he guards, most notably Russell Westbrook in the playoffs a couple seasons ago. Beverley’s tireless work on the defensive end of the floor was rewarded with the First-Team Defense honor he received at the beginning of the week.
He’ll likely be inserted directly into the Clippers’ starting lineup.
During his two seasons at Arkansas from 2006-08, Beverley averaged 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.