Patrick Beverley’s tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers did not go as planned. Los Angeles traded Talen Horton-Tucker for Beverley before the 2022-23 season with the thinking that Beverley could provide solid perimeter defense and veteran leadership.
Beverley was fine defensively (albeit not anywhere close to how good he was with the Clippers) but was so bad offensively that it didn’t matter. Beverley was a below-average player and Los Angeles decided to move on from him at the trade deadline. LA flipped Beverley and second-round picks to the Orlando Magic for Mo Bamba.
It appeared as if Beverley was bitter after this trade. He vowed to end the Lakers’ playoff hopes when the Bulls played the team twice last in the regular season. When Chicago won the first game, Pat Bev hit LeBron James with the “too small” celebration as a reminder of his bitterness.
Ultimately, Beverley was unable to stop the Lakers’ playoff run and he did not make the playoffs himself. Now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Beverley is still trying to sabotage his former team. Thankfully, his efforts to talk Jarred Vanderbilt out of his recent extension failed. Beverley shared what he told Vando on a recent episode of The Pat Bev Podcast.
"“Thursday at 8:18 am I told him don’t sign an extension, trust me. Hoop, stay in shape and I repeat, do not sign an extension. If he would have waited, he could have got four years, $65 million.”"
Patrick Beverley tells Jarred Vanderbilt not to sign an extension with the Lakers
In Beverley’s eyes, he was just trying to help Vanderbilt out and earn him more money. In theory, if Vanderbilt put together another strong season with the Lakers then he would be worth even more on the free-agent market and would force the Lakers to pay more.
There is no guarantee that Vanderbilt would have increased his value. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take the money that is being offered now as anything can happen in the regular season. That is the route that Vanderbilt decided to take.
Regardless of how it would have impacted his price, Vanderbilt not signing an extension now would have brought competition into the fold for the Lake Show. Beverley knows this and that is likely part of the calculus as to why he offered this advice in the first place.
Luckily, Vanderbilt did not listen to his former teammate and ultimately signed a four-year extension with Los Angeles that admittedly is team-friendly. That deal was always to be made between Vanderbilt and the Lakers. Beverley had absolutely nothing to do with it but it is clear why he was trying to insert himself into the equation.