How the Phoenix Suns should stretch Michael Beasley if they waive him

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley

The Phoenix Suns have always valued high character, and particularly back in the Jerry Colangelo era rarely tolerated poor off-court conduct.

With the organization trying to re-establish that kind of culture, it begs the questions of whether Michael Beasley’s latest transgression involving an arrest on marijuana charges will be the final straw before management pulls the plug on his Suns tenure.

Lance Blanks’ big free agent signing suffered through a poor season last year in which he averaged 10.5 points and 3.8 boards on 40.5 percent shooting while posting a 10.91 PER. His -3.6 Wins Produced on a -.113 WP48 was worse than every NBA player aside from Kevin Seraphin (just behind WP whipping boys Andrea Bargnani and Austin Rivers), and the Suns were outscored by 11.5 points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor, according to

Combined with his sexual assault allegations and the seeming lack of culture fit with the new Suns, it was only a matter of time before the Suns cut ties with Beasley even before this incident although as Paul Coro reports the Suns won’t be able to void the contract because of these matters.

If the Suns waive Beasley now, they can utilize the stretch provision — an addition to the latest iteration of the CBA — which allows teams to “stretch” the cap hit to later years, as Larry Coon explains in the CBAFAQ:

Individually negotiated revisions to the payment schedule are not allowed for contracts signed or extended under the current CBA. For these contracts or extensions the remaining guaranteed salary for a waived player is “stretched” and paid in equal amounts over a greater time span, as follows:

  • If the player is waived from July 1 to August 31, then his remaining salary is paid over twice the number of years remaining on his contract, plus one. For example, if the player is waived on August 1 with two seasons remaining on his contract at $10.2 million and $10.3 million, respectively, then his remaining salary is paid over five years (two seasons times two, plus one), in even amounts of $4.1 million per year.

  • If the player is waived from September 1 to June 30, then the current season is paid per the normal payment schedule, and any remaining years are stretched over twice the number of years remaining plus one as described above. For example, if the player is waived on December 1 with two seasons remaining on his contract at $10.2 million and $10.5 million, respectively, then the current season (at $10.2 million) is paid normally, and the final season (at $10.5 million) is stretched over three years (one season times two, plus one) and paid in even amounts of $3.5 million per year.

The Suns owe Beasley $9 million in guaranteed money, with this season being fully guaranteed at $6 million and next year partially guaranteed at $3 million (along with $3.25 million more that isn’t guaranteed in 2014-15). So this means the Suns can waive him in August and owe Beasley $1.8 million this year and each of the next four seasons.

Instead, it would be advantageous for the Suns to take on the full $6 million this year, and stretch him next year for $1 million each season in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. That would keep $4.2 million more on this year’s books that would not have to be paid in future seasons.

Or the Suns could just not stretch the cap hit at all and take the cap hits in the years his contract currently specifies.

With the Suns over the roster limit to begin with, it is unlikely that the $4.2 million that could be saved this year could be put to better use whereas that’s an extra $4.2 million that could be used to extend Eric Bledsoe or make a better offer to a future free agent. That future cap space is much more valuable than the shekels the Suns could save this year.

Before this incident, I favored keeping Beasley around for another year not only because he could help with the fanking (fake taking) but also because a team could be interested in his contract at some point since the Suns could acquire a player making a salary in Beasley’s range and the acquiring team could waive or stretch Beasley next offseason for the aforementioned cap hit (and overall cap savings).

However, if the Suns decide they don’t want Beasley around the team anymore, they would be wise to wait until September to stretch the cap hit over three years rather than two.

Suns buy ‘’ domain name

The “Beat LA” chant has become a staple of any game pitting Phoenix and Los Angeles teams that’s played in the Valley. The Suns hope to capitalize on the popularity of that chant by purchasing the “” domain name for $5,400, according to an LA Times report.

The domain currently boasts a Suns-themed splash page with links to “The Rivalry” and “The Memories” as well as a prominent #BeatLA hashtag. It’s an unorthodox move for a pro sports team, particularly one on the downswing, to make that kind of an investment in a domain name to tout a rivalry, yet the Suns have often been on the cutting edge of Internet/social marketing so it is no surprise to see them take a chance with this domain name.

It figures to be utilized prominently to promote home games against the Lakers and Clippers as well as the history of the rivalry, and if it is deemed to be successful, perhaps other teams will follow with similar domain acquisitions.

Suns fans can only hope there will be fewer painful memories to post on that site as the years go on.

Tags: Michael Beasley

  • Roger

    Suns should negotiate a buyout below $9m.


    Just tell MB not to show up at Suns facility by saying they intend to trade him whenever a trading partner is available. That will drive MB crazy sitting home and I bet his agent will want him out for a waiver at a reduced rate. Lon Babby should know all the tricks.

  • Scott

    Luckily the Suns still have Brown and Green to help provide the “fake” tanking. (Is the roster too strong for massive legitimate losing? Really?)

    As for Beasley … it seems to me the Suns could keep him on the payroll but tell him he’s been traded to the Amsterdam expansion team. Even if he catches on, it might be years before he comes back.

    The sad thing is … now we may never see the epic lineup of Marshall, Brown, Green, and Beasley. Alas! :(

    On a completely unrelated topic … I’ve been wondering lately if Gortat’s injury might be a troublesome, non-healing sort of thing, a bit like Eric Gordon’s knee. Maybe he’ll be gimpy all through the coming season.

    In which case, I could see Plumlee starting and Len coming off the bench, in that Plumlee is four years older, he’s already in basketball shape, and he already knows how to play at NBA speed.

  • Michael Beasley

    This is whack yo. I didn’t do nothin. These cops be sweatin me. I got a mary jane card for this. I hope to put this behind me and have an all-star year. I’m ready to ball dawg.

  • Roger

    MB…Ready to ball your back yard, by yourself dawg, lol.

  • Daniel

    Whoa this guy got a speeding ticket and smoked weed! Drastic measures need to be taken he is a menace to society!!!!!!!!!!! This is stupid. Making to much out of this.

  • Chad

    Scott, I am becoming increasingly worried that we may never see ‘the line up’ too. I was also wondering what they would do in the case of the gortat injury. I think starting plumlee would be the better idea, bit more experience like you said and that way we don’t have to expose Len too much during his development.

  • Bill-in-Tokyo

    Did a little research:

    A DUI conviction or a player’s first positive test for marijuana results in mandatory entrance into league’s substance abuse program.

    Second offense: $25,000 fine and possible suspension.
    Third: 5 game suspension without pay.
    Fourth: 10 game suspension without pay.

    Question is what happens after fourth? Article didn’t have a fifth plus offense.

  • Lon Babby

    Good evening everyone. I just want to say first and foremost that we are still gathering the facts relating to Michael Beasley’s situation. To be blunt we will sit down and have a conversation with Michael as it pertains to not only his latest transgression but his future here in Phoenix.

    The last thing I want to do is sit here and make a judgment call without researching this matter further. But as we have no doubt emphasized recently, we are attempting to build a culture of success and winning and we want to make sure Michael is onboard with us. Our hope is to put this distraction behind us as soon as possible.

  • hawki

    @ Michael Beasley
    That is the funniest post I’ve read all year.

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  • Majestic One

    Michael is guilty of being stupid. You don’t go driving a big flashy car over the speed limit at 1AM with a suspended license, no plates or weed in the car.

    But listen, I didn’t grow up til I was 25.

  • DBreezy

    Just put him in the old Chilly Childress deep freeze and stretch him when it’s most advantageous and see if someone else wants another bite of the apple down the line. It’s not like this is going to have any effect on this upcoming season.

    As for Gortat, the continued pain is troublesome especially since he was supposedly cleared to play before the season ended. His true trade value has been hard to peg for almost a year now and this isn’t helping. Can’t see McD taking a bad deal just to move him in his final season, so if this continues you have to wonder if he ends up not getting moved at all sort of becoming the Suns version of Chris Kaman at the end of his time on the Clips.

  • http://none Sillmarillion

    I stoll don’t understand how someone can get arrested and get charged multiple times for drug abuse and his employer still has no possibility to end the contract? That’s a weird kind of law. In Europe it’s totally different. Once you got sentenced by a court your employer can fire you at any time with no further consequences.

    As for the Gortat topic: I don’t know where these information come from that he is injured again and in pain. That’s not true. He participated in training camp with the Polish national team, returned to PHX now for further rehab and gym workouts and will return to the national team at the end of August, play some scrimmages and then the EURO. That’s not the activity of an injured guy, plus Gortat never had any health problems.

  • Luka

    This is just dumb behavior by Beasley. If he’s going to smoke do it at home. I held out hope for Beasley, and wanted him to succeed. However the Suns must respond to this. They should just try and reach a buyout agreement and cut ties with him. I’m not in favor of this stretch provision.

  • Sunsn7

    Apparently Beasley was “blazing” up the street in more ways than one…

  • Sunsn7

    Beasley and me should kick it…

  • Sunsn7

    I bet he has the “bomb beezy!”…

  • Sunsn7

    “No seeds, no stems, no sticks..nothin’ but that sticky, icky-icky..Ooooo Weee!”

  • Brenton

    Beasely might be the dumbest arizona athlete, in terms of raw intelligence, since Leonard Davis.

    The Suns shouldnt stretch out his cap hit. They are going to suck this year, they want to be bad this year… Beasely will just eat up playing time for Goodwin/Morris/Morris and others. If the team really starts playing too well, we can just start Kendall Marshall for a few games and be right back on track.

  • Michael Beasley

    Dis shit is messin’ up my summer man. I had to get this dank flown in from The Hindu Kush mountains dawg! This strain was off da chain!

    No worriez tho. I’m meetin’ up later with Fast Freddie and his homeboy Suitcase Sam down by the SRP canal around midnight. Lemme know if ya’ll want in.


  • Foreveris2long

    SillM, It has been reported by multiple sources, Gortat left the Polish team due to pain in his foot. It was not because of a prescheduled rehab assignment.

    As for an employer not being able to terminate a contract in the United States, most employees are at will employees, meaning there is no contract and an employer can fire the employee for no reason at all as long as it is not in violation of public policy (discrimination). So yes an employer can and often will fire an employee for an arrest or accusations of misconduct whether the employee is convicted or not. It is different in sports because the players have contracts with their respective teams making it really difficult for teams to terminate the contract based on alleged criminal conduct.

  • Kevin Zimmerman

    I think Paul Coro mentioned this also, but it’s hard for the Suns to get out of the contract, not only because Beasley is innocent until proven guilty, but also because the NBA has specific language about marijuana that only calls for fines and suspensions. Kind of hard to get out of paying someone if their offense and the punishments for it is already covered in their contract.

  • Voqar

    Sadly Beas does have value because if they start him and play him heavy minutes they have almost no chance of winning, which is ideal for this season.

  • Voqar

    The last thing the Suns should do is trade beas to a contender (for the lotto). They need him to play like last year….keep telling him he’s a star and to shoot a lot.

  • Red

    Legalize it already.

    Although you shouldn’t schmoke and drive. Not a good idea.

  • Ty-Sun

    @Daniel – You are missing the point. No one really wants Beasley gone just because of his run ins with the law… it’s because he is a crappy player. The problems with the law are really just a convenient excuse to dump him.

    No team in the NBA is going to take Beasley in a trade unless the Suns are willing to take back an extremely bad contract for him. The Suns’ best option is to wait until after September 1, take the full hit of Beasley’s salary this season, then cut him and use the stretch provision on the last $3 mil that they owe him.

  • Sunsn7

    Keep him on the injured list for this season. His expiring contract will be a tradable commodity come next season. Clear some cap space so the Suns can acquire some free agent help for Andrew Wiggins!!!….Yup!

  • phxsunsfaninla

    Its just weed , not like it was coke or heroin haha. Not a big deal, he probably smokes so much that he just smokes to be ‘normal’ but he is very inconsistent so I would just keep him for this season to tank. Maybe we can get a first rounder for him in the future MAYBE lol

  • Delusions Notwithstanding

    I think the quirky “Estate Sale” MB h ad before his impending gloom trip t o the desert spoke volumes to the kind of narcissist the Suns/LB were getting. Beasley has got internal issues that need addressing, which hw self-destructively masks with drugs, sex, and weird behavior.

    In a way, i feel sorry for the kid. On the other hand, he has potential but is too dumb to see how blessed he is yet squanders it all for nothing. That must be extremely frustrating for management.


    marcin girltwat is faking the severity of his injury so he doesnt have to play for his national team and “hit the wall” like hes fond of saying..he knows he has to show something this year or no big contract comes his way

  • Bam

    Got to admit though, if we wanna go through “sharp tank” this year, we got to try out best to play young players rather then beasley. Just play players out of their position like how OKC used to play durant at shooting guard. Maybe marshall at SG, Green at Power forward, brown at point guard, Goodwin at center, and plumlee at Small forward.

  • Animan

    Can we seriously stop with the tanking pleas already. Am I the only suns fan/NBA fan who ABHORS the idea of tanking? The suns should just come out, play hard and try to get a culture/cohesion going. Tanking is not necessary in the slightest, if we lose, we lose, but if we win, enjoy that win. Just play hard. So, it’s a loaded draft class next year – big deal. They haven’t even started college ball yet, and it doesn’t usually pan out proportionally in regards to a team’s pick and that player’s all-star ability. The last two years, Anthony Davis and Anthony Bennett. Two guys worth tanking for? Hell no. But Damian Lillard, no one “tanked for Lillard”. Be patient and enjoy the wondrous trades that Mcdonough has already made in his tenure and anticipate Hornacek’s rookie coaching year. Just stop it with the tanking crap already, PLEASE.

  • Scott

    @Animan -

    I don’t think the Suns are really tanking. They just straight up lack talent after having been so poorly managed for a few years.

    I believe McD is managing the team to win, and Hornacek will be coaching the team to win. But the team itself is a ways off from really being competitive.

    For psychological purposes, I think fans prefer to view the situation as purposefully tanking so they can focus less on the pain of losing and more on the potentially favorable consequences of the losing.

    If nothing else, at least all the tanking talk is a change of pace from the constant bashing and rehashing that we had before.

    I think we’re generally happy about the changes that have occurred and are looking forward, anticipating more goodness to come.

    At long last the Suns have a GM who seems to be capable of rebuilding the team, and possibly a coach who can get the team playing the right way. That’s getting fans to dream of where the Suns might be in a year or two.

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  • Luka

    “Tank night” should be in the program guide for the Suns in 2013-2014.

    Come join the Phoenix Suns for Tank Night at US Airways Center! The Suns rest their starters as they attempt to go for the #1 pick. Watch as three lucky fans each make an attempt to sink Robert Sarver in the dunk tank set-up at center court during halftime.

  • Sunsn7

    Archie Goodwin should lead the league in minutes. The kid could run like a deer and the real game experience will prove to be invaluable next year and beyond. Yes the losses will stack up this year but that is the unstated goal, or should be, of the Suns..McDonough and Hornacek need not worry about job security as we fans know we will endure losing as long as the team plays hard. Good things are on the horizon for the Suns.


  • Azbballfan

    I totally agree with the post by illusions 100%

  • Scott

    Is being kicked out of the rookie program an early indicator of career failure?

    From -

    Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, reportedly for violating a rule by bringing a female guest to his hotel room. The story was first reported by USA Today. Muhammad, the 14th overall pick in the 2013 draft, will be fined and required to return to finish the program next year. “We have been made aware of the circumstances surrounding Shabazz Muhammad’s dismissal from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey,” said Flip Saunders, the Wolves president of basketball operations, in a team news release. “The team fully supports the NBA’s rules and policies in all matters pertaining to this situation and we will abide by the league’s action.” Nearly 50 players are participating in the program, a four-day event that ends Friday. Reportedly the players were given the program’s rules just hours before Muhammad was sent home.

  • Foreveris2long

    The deliberate indifference to the NBA rookie rules by Shabazz is unfortunate but will no doubt happen again in upcoming summers. However one would think when your stock dropped prior to the draft and you probably only had one good game in the Vegas summer league, a baller would be more inclined to impress management with positive off court demeanor than by getting his freak on. While I definitely can appreciate the temptation, if he acts like he has been there before and defers his freak (as though getting dates with beautiful women are not difficult) it would leave a more favorable impression.

  • Foreveris2long

    Man that is really funny stuff. That would be more enjoyable than watching the game.

  • Delusions Notwithstanding

    @Scott, not at all: look at Mario Chalmers… But, it is a good indicator at whether they can follow direction. SM should be a player, but he might have coaching issues. @azbballfan, thanks ;)

  • Brenton

    So I was playing with the trade machine… what do you think of this?
    Gortat & Beasely to OKC for Kendrick Perkins and Perry Jones + houston’s pick in 2015

    A win-win right?

    Sorry… that was the best “realistic” Beasely trade I could come up with… and there is still a 50% chance Sam Presti laughs and hangs up.

  • Roger

    Human in me says give MB a chance. Fan in me says Good Riddance. I guess it’s like heart and mind – who wins here. Which reminds of an old wise saying – To err is Human and to forgive is Divine.

    I guess the heart wins so let’s give MB a second chance, please.


  • Chad

    With the frye situation in limbo, we actually might be a bit short at the 4. Which is funny because we’ve been loaded with role players there. Perhaps they’ll move Marcus back to the 4 but then he and markieff don’t get to share their brotherly love on the court together and it seems they’ve really been trying to groom Marcus more as a 3.

  • Luka

    This just in… Suns to sign Tom Gugliotta.

  • Brenton

    “With the frye situation in limbo, we actually might be a bit short at the 4. ”

    I hear they are going to experiment with Marshall at the 4 late in the season… #tankNight

  • Scott

    @Roger -

    It sounds to me like Beasley has had multiple chances already in the NBA. If he leaves the league, it’s not like his life is over. Most of us live our lives having never been in the NBA, and most basketball players also live their lives outside the NBA.

    @Chad -

    I’d still generally approve deals to get either Cody Zeller or Thomas Robinson in at PF, though I don’t hold out much hope for that. And maybe those players aren’t the best picks for the spot … IDK.

  • sunsfaninla

    Lets trade beasley and marshall to toronto for demar derozan :-) it works in the trade machine lol

  • Elviro (Italy)

    Beasley: there is nothing worse than wasted talent …!

  • Noitall

    Nobody cares about Beasley’s transgressions. All would be forgiven if he scored 23/8 a game on 48% shooting. He simply sucks.

    As far as getting out of his contract, there has NEVER been a successful attempt to terminate a contract in NBA history, even in the case where someone has been found guilty of a felony [arenas]. It is allowed within the CBA rules and Uniform Player Contract, but there are so many quality challenges the NBAPA can make that it isn’t likely to ever happen without serious jail time forcing it.