Miami (South Florida Sun Sentinel) - Having played last season for one of the most successful teams in Europe, 2009 second-round draft choice and former Razorback Patrick Beverley nonetheless has decided it more prudent to take his longshot chances in Miami Heat training camp.
The Heat announced the signing of the 6-foot-1 point guard Monday. While terms were not released, Beverley's deal is for two years at the league minimum, likely with a small guarantee for the coming season.
A scrappy, defensive-minded prospect, Beverley will face long odds in training camp, which opens Sept. 28.
While Beverley has thrived in Europe the past two seasons, he also witnessed firsthand the over-the-top, extreme passion by fans there. His team lost the deciding game of the Greek League championship series when it was shortened due to fireworks unleashed from the stands.
"The fans, themselves, stopped the game," he said. "We came on the basketball court to warm up and you got tear gas on the court and you can't breathe, your eyes are watering.
"So you just go back in the locker room and when you come back out, fans are sitting on your bench smoking cigarettes. It was definitely interesting."
Beverley appeared in four games, including three starts, on the Heat's summer-league team. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.25 steals and 1.8 assists in 24.8 minutes, shooting .348 from the field and .700 from the foul line. He was disruptive on defense, but also struggled to guide the team's offense. Beverley was drafted No. 42nd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009. His draft rights were immediately traded to the Heat in exchange for a 2011 second-round draft pick and cash.
With Olympiakos last season, Beverley helped his team to a 23-3 record, averaging 4.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists as a reserve, while shooting .581 percent from the field.
In 2008-09, after leaving the University of Arkansas over an academic issue, he played for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk of the Ukrainian Basketball Super League, averaging 16.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.15 steals in 35.8 minutes.