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Patrick Beverley going home, to sign with Bulls after buyout

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after being called for a foul in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on February 02, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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When Patrick Beverley would get introduced as a starter before games as a Laker this season (or a Timberwolf last season, or a Clipper before that), he would be announced as, “From Chicago, Illinois...”

Now Patrick Beverley is going home.

After clearing waivers from an Orlando Magic buyout, Beverley will sign with the Bulls, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and confirmed by K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. Although, the best confirmation comes from Beverley himself.

Beverley was born in Chicago and played his high school ball at Marshall in the city before attending Arkansas for college. He has often talked of his love for his hometown and has made no secret of his desire to play for the Bulls someday.

On paper, Beverley looks like a fit in Chicago, where they have missed Lonzo Ball at the point all season as he recovers from knee surgery. Beverley is a physical, trash-talking defender who should fit in with the top-10 defense the Bulls have this season. On offense he can get some buckets, and is shooting 34.8% from 3 this season, but he works well off the ball and will not take shots away from DeMar DeRozan or Zach LaVine.

Beverley going home could help the Bulls secure a postseason berth (they currently sit 11th in the East).