Free agent forward Michael Beasley has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Suns, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
He'll be the favorite to start at small forward and could finally be ready for the breakout season we've been waiting for since his rookie year in Miami. But that's a lot of money for a guy who has yet to prove that he can keep it together (on the court, and emotionally) for a full season.
Great move by the Suns, a very nice deal, not overpaying him and the reward greatly overwieghs the risk, he might not be the franchise star we thought he'd be, but I could definatly see him being a 17 ppg guy that can score the ball very well and knock down shots. It's impressive how he molded himself into a perimeter player because at the begining of his career, he was an undersized big, now he's still adapting to the 3 spot, but he's coming along, nice pickup, but I believe he is restricted, correct me if I'm wrong, unless the T-Wolves rejected his qualifying offer.
Good move, but Beasley is still better as a 4, and I wish he had gone somewhere that he could play there. The Suns will also be among the worst defensive teams in the league next year. Dragic, Beasley, and Morris are all below par defenders.
Beat you by a minute! But anyways I like the move for the Suns. I disagree whole heartedly with you about that being a lot of money when you consider what guys have been getting this offseason. Beasley put up decent numbers a couple of years ago, and if the Suns do manage to sign Eric Gordon then the run and gun Suns might be resurrected.
^All the reports are that New Orleans has every intention to match, so unfortuantly for the Suns it seems like they won't be able to get him.
All the reports also had Barnes to Clev, LeBron to the Knicks, Dwight to the Nets and Nash going to New York...If anything the last two years should prove to us that reports mean absolutely nothing in the NBA. The only report that they got right was Deron staying with Brooklyn.
Not really a report, it's more like managment has come out and said they'll match the offer.
Those reports have nopthing to do with this one. Those were reports of the players possibly going to those places, this one is something the Hornets have control over and they have stated more than once that they will match any offer that Gordan is given by any other team. PHX will not be getting Gordan unless he asked to be traded
They got him for the perfect price imo. If they're able to get EG, the Suns will be starting to look like possible playoff contentenders. Losing Nash sucks though but the picks they're getting for him is worth it I guess.
6 million a year really isn't bad for a guy who is best suited for a run and gun uptempo offense. I expect he and EJ to be a legit 20-20 scoring duo by the end of his contract.. Lets not forget, this is a guy Doc Rivers once said he thouht could lead the league in scoring.Marshall,EJ,Beasley,Morris,Gortat. That's a pretty decent starting 5 for a SSOL offense. They will likely find themselves an early lottery pick next year and be able to draft a starting 4. Loving the direction PHX is taking. Then again, I may just be simply loving the Suns for giving LAL Nash.
I'm loving this signing, Low risk, high reward for a player who can get 15 points easily. I think he'll be over 20 in Phoenix this year. I don't think they'll get Eric Gordon and He'll be the focal point of the run and gun offense, of course unless Aaron brooks starts at the point.
Also he was an unrestricted free agent because Minnesota chose not to tender him. So he'll officially be a Sun in 7 days. I think this is his time, If 23 year old Michael Beasley doesn't take over now, he won't ever do it. I still think he can be a big star. In the mold of Danny Granger, poor mans Carmelo, Great scorer, good rebounder, great recognition, but leaves much to be desired in other aspects of his game.
He could end up being a 20ppg scorer possibly
I'm really enjoying this Suns offseason. I loved that they drafted Kendall Marshall, Michael Beasley gives them a guy who will be able to pour in points and then still the slight possibility of Eric Gordon. Beasley won't have to be a blackhole either with Marshall finding him in his spots where he's expected to shoot.
This would be my dream Phoenix team for the next few seasons.
PF Morris/FA or draft pick next year
you can add Goran Dragic to that list.. Brooks would probably be released..
it's unlikely NOH doesn't match Gordon's contract; they still need a shooting guard
double post, my bad.
The best thing about Beasley in Phoenix is that he'll have a great chance to remain healthy for once. He's had some solid spurts, but always, always gets derailed by injury. I've never likely Phoenix's personnel or roster until now, Dragic, Beasley and Gortat; sign me up.
Beasley is FINALLY going to be given the chance to be the top dog. Very shrewd move by the Suns, and $6mil a year is a bargain for a player of his calibre.
With Morris and Gortat on board, B-Easy will be able to play the SF full-time and have his chance to dominate. If he isn't a bonafide star by the end of this contract he never will be. Three years of good health and a (hopefully) free reign as the 1st option is a gift from God, no excuses for Beasley now.
Will Beasley still be "top dog" if gordon comes?
Gordon isn't coming. Even if Gordon thinks his heart is in Phoenix, he remains a restricted free agent, and a vital piece of that team. New Orleans isn't going to let him go, regardless of what he says, they said from the beginning they'd match any offer, so Gordon's comments were premature.
@ omphalos - how did you live chat/blog draft go ? I was up doing my mock at 630am then fell asleep to half way through the first round. I logged in to check on you just as the first round was finishing but you had shut it down....
@r377; I didn't shut it down, I was plugging away until the draft finished, but the hosting service I used (coveritlive) added a new condition to free use of their software; it was capped at 28 clicks for the event. This wasn't something that was present the last time I used it, so I was caught unawares. Unfortunately it capped pretty early in the event, so a few people missed out, and those who left apparently couldn't check back in.
Safe to say I'll be finding an alternate service after that debacle.
how is that alot of money. 6 mill per year.for a career 15ppg guy. Those numbers made Lin a phenom lol. Goran reportedly turned down 10 mill a year , nelson from orlandos on how much.
thats a baaaargain, good luck phx
He was most likely making around 6 million last season being the #2 overall draft pick so if he scores close to 20 a game like he is capable of doing this will be a great deal for the Suns.
In that Phoenix uptempo offense Beasley should average 20 ppg 8-9 rebounds he's finally going to have that breakout season everybody's been waiting for since he got drafted 2 by the Heat
Be-Easy has already demonstrated that at the SF position he can get 19-20 ppg in Minnesota. The guy at this point is a SF. He is not big enough to play PF on a full time basis. He can play the position when they go small but he should log most minutes at the 3 and used to post 3's 15 feet and in. He will thrive in Phoenix if he gets with a coach that believes in his talents and allows him to play through mistakes.
I hope he has a great year and leaves the drugs alone.