Newcomer Beverley excited to join Rockets
Patrick Beverley took part in his first practice with the Houston Rockets on Monday morning.
The guard has been signed since last week, but had to wait for FIBA clearance before things became official. Previously, the former Arkansas Razorback was with Spartak St. Petersburg. He was leading the team in points, rebounds, and assists as their point guard. Beverley was the Eurocup MVP a year ago.
According to his agent, Kevin Bradbury, Beverley signed a three-year deal with Houston with a team option for the third year. Beverly has already been sent to the Rockets' D-League affiliate.
Beverley said, as he's been waiting, he's been working out with former Rocket John Lucas. He said he was treated like a king when he played in Russia, but he was evidently glad to be back in the NBA (he's spent some time with the Miami Heat in his career) and in the United States.
"I haven't had American food in about six months," Beverley said. "It's different looking at TV and everyone speaks English. I understand what people are saying walking up and down the street now."
What makes it even better, is that his mom already lives in Houston.
"She moved here three years ago," Beverley said. "She got tired of Chicago. I was fortunate to open up for her a nail salon here in Houston, and she's been working here ever since.
"It's definitely a blessing in disguise to be here," he continued. "I'm more than fortunate and I'm going to definitely take advantage of this opportunity."
With the addition of Beverley, the Rockets cut Scott Machado. The rookie point guard from Iona averaged 1.3 points and 1.0 assists in six games.