Los Angeles Lakers guard Patrick Beverley has been suspended three games for “forcefully shoving” Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton when the big man wasn’t looking, causing him to fall to the court during LA’s game against the Suns on Tuesday, the NBA announced d Thursday.
In the league’s statement, attributed to executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars, the suspension was explained as being “based in part on Beverley’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The suspension is without pay and will cost Beverley $268,965 in salary, according to ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks.
Beverley will miss the Lakers’ back-to-back road games against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and Saturday and also their home game on Monday against the Indiana Pacers.
Beverley was assessed a technical foul and ejected for getting into Ayton after Ayton stood over Lakers swingman Austin Reaves while Reaves was on the floor after a flagrant foul by Suns guard Devin Booker. The sequence occurred with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 115-105 loss in Phoenix.
After the game, Beverley said he was “definitely” concerned that the league would discipline him for his actions, adding that he would accept whatever punishment was meted out.
“Very unprofessional of me. Certainly could have reacted differently,” he said. “So, yeah, I’m a big boy. I take my lumps as they come.”
Shortly before the suspension was announced on Thanksgiving afternoon, Beverley tweeted with a different tone.
Prior to Tuesday’s incident, in the 2021 Western Conference finals and with the Suns on the brink of beating the LA Clippers for a trip to the championship round, Beverley — then with the Clips — shoved Suns guard Chris Paul in the back.
Beverley is averaging 4.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 14 starts for the Lakers. He is shooting career lows from the field (26.6%) and the 3-point line (23.8%).