Suns to Release Michael Beasley
the nightmare continues for this once promising player...his inability to use his brain (albeit a poorly functioning one) and his horrific shot selection leaves almost no teams to find interest in him...
Overseas he goes.
I wonder if we'll ever see Michael Beasley again?
It's a damn shame he had that horrible run of injuries with the T-Wolves, because he fit in well with Love and was producing some decent numbers, but he just couldn't stay healthy long enough to cement himself with the team and put his past behind him.
The marijuana incident was unfortunate, because he was never really given a shot with Phoenix last season; they had set the bar pretty high for what they expected of him and when he didn't live up to it he was relegated to the end of the bench for no apparent reason.
I think he's officially out of the NBA at this point, just goes to show how important circumstance is for harnessing talent.
Miami was obviously a terrible place for him to be in terms of distractions and playing alongside Wade, he couldn't stay healthy at the right times in Minnesota (drafting Derrick Williams was the final nail in the coffin there) and wasn't given a great opportunity in Phoenix.
So much talent! Hope he gets his head on straight and gets another chance.
I hope he can pull a Z-Bo and get it all together later in his career. At least then his talent wont of been an ENTIRE waste. If he doesnt he will be one of the most disappointing players of all time. Advertised as a transcending player, but has done more with a joint in his hand then a basketball..
Cheap deal. Cut him if he act out. Rondo would help this kid. Weed is still minor though arresting him for it? Just petty to me. If he is healthy and given a real shot I still like his skills as a 13-18 per night guy. But the sexual assault pending will keep him out the NBA added to this weed bust.
Think it's a little extreme to think he won't find a team this year, and he has to go overseas. He got caught with pot not child &$#%#&@!ography. Someone will sign him for the league minimum.
Maybe the wolves could grab him back up.. He stayed out of trouble up in MN, like others have mentioned he just couldn't stay healthy.. I know they have a glut of SF/PF players but he was a favorite here and gave some quality minutes..
I Pray NOBODY SIGNS him ,until around the all star break...
He really needs a reality CHECK.....Maybe he can Spend some time in the D-League....To see the passion and love for the game that guys have, that arent as nearly as talented as him...
Why would you "pray" that no one signs him? You sound as childish as the acts that Beez commits.
Isn't this just one guys opinion who writes for Arizona sports? There don't seem to be any information/sources from actual Suns representatives.
This article reads like he honestly detests Beasley and I gotta agree with you, seems to have no facts to backup the assumption that the Suns plan to waive Beasley and pay the 9 mil left on his contract. The article sounds like it's been written by an a##hole with an opinion, and just like everyone in the world, we all have a##holes and opinion. Hopefully Beasley gets some help for his problems and we can see him on the court under Jeff Hornacek who plans on scoring points under his offense, which Beasley can do.
I hope the Sixers sign him to a one year deal. He would help our cause for losing games and be enertaining at the same time.
I'm not a Beasley fan, but maybe this is a wakeup call. Right now the lakers only have 2 sf's in the roster, Wesley Johnson and Elias Harris. Beasley could help is he accepts a 1 year min deal.
Michael Beasley is the kind of player you would think that can thrive in a Mike Dantoni team with Steve Nash as your point guard. however, i have no faith that Beasley can survive in a locker room with Kobe. i hope this signing happens though and he proves me wrong.
1) Going from the 2nd pick in the draft to getting moved for two 2nd round picks 3 years ago should have been a wake up call.
2) Not getting renewed by the struggling Timberwolves should have been a wake up call.
3) Going to a team destined to the bottom of the West Phoenix Suns should have been a wake up call or at least a motivator.
I've missed a few things out - he's had plenty of chances to lay off the weed and become a productive NBA player. I will always remember he was in a legit discussion for being the number 1 pick with Derrick Rose, FIVE years ago.
I don't dislike the guy at all and wish him the best, but these things are facts.
One of the most talented players I've ever seen... Hope this isn't true..
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
Dont the Suns have to eat a ton of money if they do this? He will find another team if he is cut....or if he cares to play at all, because he has way too much talent not to.
Not a ton of money. He's owed 9 mill guaranteed over the next 2 yrs. 6 mill this yr, only 3 mill is guaranteed next yr. They also have the option to stretch his contract evenly over 5 yrs if they waive him, which would amount to 1.8 against the cap for 5 yrs.
Sucks they have to pay him to go away. If he gets waived, sure he'll be cheap, but is the risk worth the reward? He was literally THE worst player in the league who played over 20 mpg.
That's 2 yrs in a row with a negative WS which is an amazingly bad accomplishment.
Oh ok...Yea thats not a ton of money i guess...Just sucks to pay someone ANYTHNG just to leave lol...
He wasn't exactly put in the best position to be successful as stated above...The Talent has always been there IMO, the problem with Beasley was always the Mental stability he lacked to be trusted by NBA coaches and executives, he was drafted 2nd based on talent not team need/chemistry, he was an immature kid given Millions of dollars and the lure of south beach Miami must have been too much too soon for a guy with NO SENSE in his head, he's no different then most young people in this world for the most part only he was the 2nd overall pick for the Miami basketball Heat...
Again,everything he did "wrong" is usually glorified in society, so we could say he's crashing and burning like a rock star...
Smoking the finest quality Weed in the world while partying/drinking with celebs, check...
Sleeping with plenty of hot ass women every night and sometimes there's more than one, double check...
Splurging on things you dreamed about since you were a kid disregarding all your long term responsibilities, check denied...
We can't really blame Beasley for making some mistakes along the way, the NBA lifestyle has destroyed plenty of talented players lives, many who whom had phenomenal skills but lacked work ethic(A.I,Kemp,Coleman,Marbury and countless others)
Everyone loves to point a figure when a high profile player messes up, we cast judgement and take away any shred of accomplishment they achieved, but we also love a good redemption story, we love to watch a comeback and root for a player that has his faults, because WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN FAULTS, we'll forgive and forget when we're moved to by the media or the Moral ambiguity inside us all...Micheal Beasley was/is and could be a top talent in the NBA and a testament to the perseverance it takes to over come the missteps we make in life...
As a 76ers fan I'd accept Beasley on my team, and I'd cheer for him as long as he gave the effort and showed heart every night, win or lose...The past is the past, if he can take this as a lesson and move forward and bust his ass he'll be fine...
If not, I'd still roll one up with a jobless Micheal Beasley because he seems like a cool guy outside of the NBA, and I'm always looking for pick up game partners, lol...
I don't think I'm being harsh. Beasley sucking is reality. The emphasis since his arrest has been off the court, but he's been awful on the court as well. So what exactly is the reward for taking a minimal risk? A bad basketball player?
I don't buy that he wasn't put in a position to succeed either. He was used how a player of his ability is supposed to be used. The only thing he does reasonably well is score, so he was used as scoring punch. It was a low pressure situation on bad teams. He didn't have to defend the NBA starters. He could take his share of shots playing with less offensively talented players. Basically, he could play his game. He just sucked at the role because he was an inefficient shot jacker who didn't do anything else offensively. He started off this past yr getting plenty of minutes, given the freedom to take his patented low percentage shots. Just look at his splits. Beas even started his first month with the Suns, but he essentially played his way into a lesser role. That's what happens when a player shoots 37% from the floor, while not doing much else.
On top of that, both teams were trying to get him help. They even coached him differently because Beas appears to be a hyper-sensitive guy who doesn't respond well to hard coaching. He's had mentors and life coaches. John Lucas helped him during and after his stint in rehab. Norm Nixon has been his personal mentor for a few years now. Both Phoenix and Minny got him counseling and people to talk to in an attempt to help him deal with whatever issues he has. Yet he kept on making mistakes. I have no sympathy for a person who has the world at his hands, fcks up, has people there offering to help him and he keeps fcking up. That is on him. Why can't I blame him? He has no one to blame but himself.
That being said, I'm less concerned about his off the floor stuff than his on the court play. As a Bulls fan I wouldn't want him anywhere near my team because he's a bad basketball player. I don't care about a redemption story either. I'm not a Beasley fan so I don't care what becomes of him.
@ Sigggy +1
Makes me wonder if Beasleys poor play is related to grass? A frequent user will be slighty less focused and intense even if they haven't touched it for a week. In a game where inches matter on plays, that could be the difference between success and epic failure.. which has been what we've seen from him the last 2 years. It would explain his decision making, shot selection and poor fg%.
His all around play should become sharper if he quit for an extended.period.
Even though what he said is kind of true, that John Gambadoro who wrote the article sounds like a huge douche.
Here is a recorded tape of Beasley on the phone with our own M-Dymes aka "Quinton"
But seriously Beasley was one of my favorites in his "HIGH" school days
GOAT trashtalking moment...telling Dante Greene he is ugly as ****** and then driving by him for a finish
i havent seen anywhere online that the suns plan to waive him..i've only read that some writers and bloggers suggest that they should waive him...and they're still be on the hook for paying his guaranteed contract....
The Spurs need to take a look at this guy at the league min. Cause if any team could take the risk I think the spurs chemistry is strong enough to maybe finally get a focused beasley.
The Suns according to the article tried to give Beasley a lot of support to try and get his off court life back in order. I had forgotten that Pat Riley made him own up to the incident on the Rookie Transition Programme and it was under a year later he was photographed with marijuna on Twitter.
I think that Pat Riley by then could not wait to get rid of him, and in 2010-11, Beasley averaged 19ppg for the T-Wolves but since then it has been downhill all the way.
He got a good contract with Phoenix but has now blown this, my fear for him could be that if he gets the remaining $9 million over 5 years, it is giving him a big income to almost kick back and enjoy himself with little insentive to find another team.
I feel that a D-League spell could be a good reality check for him but he may well head abroard where some team will pay him a decent salary to play.
I'm telling you, though, he is the absolute toughest small forward to defend in My Player mode on 2K12. He is freakish on that game, especially 3-4 years down the road.
Maybe it's just me, but I'm not down on Beasley like everyone else. He is a bonehead. He smoke marijuana ALOT, like other players, but he has gotten caught on several different occasions. He should be punished for it, and if the Suns feel the need to waive him, thats very understandable.
As far as people saying his NBA career is over or he'll be overseas or the D League, that is completely crazy. He's an NBA player, period. He has to become SMARTER, MORE DISCIPLINED, and A BETTER TEAM PLAYER, true! But he's 24! 24 is a lot of time to get it together, be waived is maybe what he needed.
Last season was his WORST season. Every other season he had been a good player. He just hasnt been the player that he was in college and i think people are judging him to that standard.
Bottom Line... A 24 yr old 6'10 Swingman who has career averages of 14pts 5rbs on 45%fg in 26mins is not on his way out of the NBA because of repeatedly getting in trouble for marijuana. Murder, yea, but not marijuana.
6'10" my ass, measured a tad above 6'8" in shoes - a classic tweener. But that's not his main problem, its the weed, yes it has slowly taken its toll on him. Statistically he had his best year his rookie year. Shot 47% and actually rebounded the basketball. How many 19 year olds peak at 19 years old? No one unless they have major problems off court which Beasley does. If you were to chart his PER, it would be a slow, linear decline from his rookie year.
first of all, beasley wont simply be released making 12.5 million over the next 2 years, especially since the suns dont have their amnesty. they will trade him, for pennies on the dollar, just to get him out of there.
in fact, the suns are so depleted at the SF that i wouldnt be suprised if they keep him. unless they're getting a talented wing player back, or a potential based player, i cant understand any deal.
Im sure the Philippine's pro basketball league will give him a shot just like they did Lenny Cooke.
Well it appears Beasley not only has no basketball IQ, but no IQ at all? There's nothing wrong hit'in the weed, but put down the bong while you drive! And I'm very sure Beasley isn't driving around in some Honda? I'm sure he's driving around in some red sports car, that cops see very easily. For a number two pick, I would expect an All Star or at least a solid starter, but Beasley in many cases is a bust.
Players like Chris Anderson have returned to the NBA after serving a two year drug ban and has been on a title winning team this year and played on a winning team for Denver for a few years before that. So players who have had these issues can return and remain in the NBA, Chris Anderson was nearly 30 when he returned and is nowhere near as skillful as Michael Beasley. But the flipside is that Anderson is a hard nosed defensive presence who does the team's hustling and dirty work whilst Beasley is seen as maybe a luxury player.
I wrote on other posts on here, once Beasley had shown a liking to recreational substances he would surely never have gone anywhere near Team USA especially in the Olympics, a high profile star like him would have been a huge red light to the doping testing agencies.
I recall that Pat Riley literally made him confess that he was involved in the incident at the rookie induction programme and you wonder if any heads did role in Miami when they found out about all these issues as I for one could not believe that a guy of Pat Riley's experience and knowledge would have drafted Beasley if he had been aware of the issues surrounding him.
With Beasley, I do hope he gets another chance in the NBA but I think he really does need to prove that he is not doing any weed at all to get another chance. Maybe he does need to go into a team with a strong locker room who would literally knock him into shape. Brooklyn with PP, D-Will, KG, Hoe Johnson and co was a team that sprang to mind. Or a team where he can have a couple of guys to mentor him and really work on him as a person, Detroit was one I thought of where Sheed could really assist him and he'd have Chauncy Billups as an excellent senior pro to play alongside.