Patrick Beverley doesn't think Sixers' front office wants to win a title this season

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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Patrick Beverley is far from shocked that the 76ers traded him.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ new backup point guard believes the Sixers’ front office doesn’t want to win a title this season.

And Sixers guard De’Anthony Melton looked good in his second game back from a spine injury.

Those are three things that came out of the Sixers’ 119-98 setback to the Bucks on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. The loss dropped them to 33-24 and marked their 11th defeat in 15 games.

Not surprised at all

Beverley was far from impressive against the Sixers, finishing with three points on 1-for-5 shooting — all three-point attempts — to go with two assists, one steal and finishing minus-15 in 17 minutes, 45 seconds.


But …

“I was so excited,” he said of facing the Sixers for the first time since being traded on Feb. 8. “Obviously, I was here for a short period of time. But the fans, the city gave me a chance to be myself. Obviously, the organization allowed me to lead, allowed me to be the voice, the heart and soul of the locker room. You don’t forget things like that.”

That’s why one would think Beverley would be shocked that the Sixers traded him. He was a mentor to the young players and a coach on the floor. He got on his teammates when needed. Beverley also instructed them where they needed to be on the floor. And he was there to pick them up after a bad play.

The 35-year-old, who signed a one-year minimum contract with the Sixers in July, had a lot of value.


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