Chicago, Ill. – Earlier this week the Chicago Bulls passed on picking up the $4.3 million option of former Arkansas Razorback guard Ronnier Brewer but maybe in line to pick up former Arkansas point guard Patrick Beverly.
Beverly last played for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2008 at the end of his sophomore season and has played in seemingly every league but the NBA since.
Out of college he was drafted by the Lakers then played for the Miami Heat summer league team in 2010 after being traded in a cash deal but never got a roster spot with either team. Last season he played for Spartak Saint Petersburg in Russia earning league EuroCup MVP.
Now 24, Beverly is trying to see his NBA dreams realized after working out for three teams in the off season, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and Chicago Bulls.
Beverly was a prep standout at Chicago’s Marshall High School before committing to the Razorbacks making the Bulls an ideal fit for the hometown product.
Should Beverly join the Bulls he will be in a pivotal role as Derrick Rose’s backup once Rose returns to the team. Rose’s season was cut short in the playoffs after tearing a ligament in his knee.
The Bulls announced Kirk Hinrich’s return to Chicago Wednesday morning which would more than likely make Hinrich the Bull’s early season starter at point guard until he is moved over to the No. 2 spot behind Rip Hamilton.
Hinrich’s contract is believed to be worth $8 million over two years.
The Bulls also signed shooting guard Marco Belinelli, former with the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.