Minnesota Timberwolves acquire Patrick Beverley from Memphis Grizzlies, sources say

Written by on August 17, 2021

The Memphis Grizzlies are trading guard Patrick Beverley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Jarrett Culver and forward Juancho Hernangomez, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With the trade, Minnesota gets the toughness and leadership of Beverley for its young, developing roster. Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas is familiar with Beverley after their time together with the Houston Rockets.

Memphis, meanwhile, continues to add talent along the margins. Culver, 22, was the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft and averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 34 games last season. Hernangomez, 25, averaged 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 52 games last season.

The Grizzlies acquired Beverley from the LA Clippers in the trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Beverley, 33, was a popular player with the Clippers, with whom he spent the past four years of his career. He lost his starting job to guard Reggie Jackson in the Western Conference playoffs.

He was a fan favorite in L.A. because of his defense and hustle and was an emotional leader for the Clippers when they exceeded expectations and surprisingly made the postseason in 2019. He was able to play in only 37 games last season because of injuries, however.

In nine seasons for the Rockets and the Clippers, Beverley averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 468 regular-season games.

ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.

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