The real unfortunate part of the Houston Rockets’ playoff run was that they didn’t have their full rotation of players.
Starting point guard Patrick Beverley, a hounding on-ball defender, is on the squad primarily to make life more difficult for the likes of stars Chris Paul and Stephen Curry — both point guards the Rockets had to face in the playoffs — but Beverley was forced to sit out the entire postseason after left wrist surgery ended his season.
“I love playing against Chris Paul and Steph, icing on the cake,” said Beverley in his exit interview on Friday. “The fire is definitely burning. I do have a list. The time I’ve been out, people will feel my wrath for sure.”
Beverley also is a restricted free agent.
One of the teams we suspect will pursue him is the Dallas Mavericks, given that they could re-sign Monta Ellis, a ball-dominant guard.
Beverley says former Rocket Chandler Parsons, someone who knows a little something about the Rockets and restricted free agency, has been in touch.
“I hear from Chandler every day,” said Beverley.
While Parsons is turning on the recruiting charm looking to poach his former employer, Beverley says he knows what he has with the Rockets.
“I’m fortunate to be in this situation, with a phenomenal team, phenomenal staff and phenomenal players,” said Beverley. “(To) not even play but start on a team like this, I have to take full advantage of that every year.”
Beverley shot a career-low 38.3% from the field, connecting on 35.6% from three and taking the most three-point attempts in his career at nearly six per contest. So the Rockets are in a strange situation — they want to keep Beverley, recognizing that as a starter or bench guy he’s a great fit, but they advanced as far as the Western Conference Finals without him and need to bolster the position regardless of how it turns out. This will truly be a situation where the Rockets will let the market decide.
“It’s going to be a fun summer,” said Beverley. “I put myself in a position to be set financially for life, and that’s something I never thought was possible growing up.”
Hope so!!!!! https://t.co/myd4VIP9K6
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) May 29, 2015
— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) May 29, 2015