Patrick Beverley Believes Anthony Edwards’ Star Will Get Too Big For Minnesota

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Patrick Beverley played one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, before being dealt last offseason as part of the Rudy Gobert trade. While his time in the Land of 10,000 Lakes was short, his constant motor, on-court antics and ability to hold teammates accountable made him very popular among Wolves fans.

Patrick Beverley says Minnesota can’t contain Anthony Edwards

But that changed for this fan on Thursday, when I saw a clip of Pat Bev on Gilbert Arenas’ podcast “Gil’s Arena“. For whatever reason, Beverley believes rising superstar — and Team USA alpha — Anthony Edwards, will eventually become too big for Minnesota.

Brandon Jennings: “Does he need to get out of Minnesota?”

Beverly: “He will get out of Minnesota. That’s just what happens… and that’s no disrespect to Minnesota. It’s just, you feel me? With that personality, he can change the world with basketball.”

Gil’s Arena Podcast

Pat Bev goes on to name a couple big market teams, like LA and New York as plausible landing spots. He says Edwards is a must-see star that basketball fans in larger markets salivate over and that “there’s no way Minnesota should have 9 or 10 [nationally televised] games.

“It’s no dis on Minnesota, it’s no dis on little market teams. But he is the type of player that you need to see. You need to see him. And there’s no way Minnesota has 9 or 10 [nationally televised] games.

Patrick Beverley – Gil’s Arena podcast

When asked if Ant has that Michael Jordan “it factor”, Bev said, “he has everything.”

Calm down, Bev…

There’s one thing I agree with, in Beverley’s assessment. Anthony Edwards is going to be one of the biggest superstars in the NBA and he will prove that over the next few years. But Pat is living in the past, when it comes to what markets can hold the biggest talents in the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo plays in Milwaukee, Steph Curry plays for Oakland and LeBron James won a title in Cleveland. What matters is winning. If the Minnesota Timberwolves win games and make deep playoff runs, while Ant grows into the superstar he’s destined to be, I’m absolutely confident he will stay.

It’s up to those leading the Wolves franchise to make sure he has the talent around him to make that happen.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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