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."