Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant play in 2013 Goodman League

It’s the final day of August, which means the Suns’ decision of taking on Michael Beasley’s full $6 million salary for next season’s books has arrived. There’s a good chance they wait until tomorrow or the next few days to waive him and then use the stretch provision over the remaining $3 million left on his deal.

Whatever the case, all signs point to Beasley being waived, so if you didn’t have enough Beasley basketball fix, I give you one more tidbit.

Beasley joined Kevin Durant, Victor Oladipo, Thomas Robinson and Greg Monroe at the 2013 Goodman League this summer. It’s an informal, East Coast summer league that was especially popular during the 2011, when Durant did some 70-plus point damage on some days. The Mars Reel put together a highlight package for 2013 with a good deal of B-Easy in there.

No matter your thoughts on Beasley, it’s hard to argue that he didn’t possess a package of raw talent. And that’s why the Beasley experiment is really such a shame. Then, when you consider the guy seems troubled from a deeper standpoint than the technicalities of his legal woes, there’s some sympathy in there from a purely human perspective.

And not to be dark — I mean this as, “Will anyone pay the guy if the Suns release him?” — but who knows when we’ll see Beasley on the court next?

  • Sherrif Joe

    He’s going to spend more time this season in court than on the court.

  • Daniel

    Beasley looking good out there.

  • Cam

    I wonder if the Suns could afford a waiver on Fab Melo if they dumped B-easy? I don’t think it would be a bad idea to check him out. At least he would be a defensive presence inside. Go Suns.

  • Scott

    @Cam -

    I’d heard that Melo played well in the D-League last year, and so was surprised when he didn’t get play time with Boston even when they really could have used him. It didn’t seem to fit.

    Then I saw him play in SL this year. He was awful.

    I don’t know why he should be doing well in D-League but awful everywhere else, but his awfulness in SL was pretty bad.

    Unless someone has some more complete information on him, I’d consider him a lost cause.

  • frenchysunsfan

    We don’t nedd Melo, we already have 4 centers (Gortat, Len, Plumlee, Kravstov). I think both Plumlee and Kravstov are much better than Melo so please don’t sign this guy.
    On the other hand, it would be nice to make a 3 team trade between the Suns, OKC and the Wolves so that we could get Love, OKC would get Gortat and Beasley (as he’s KD’s long time friend) and the Wolves would get Perkins and a few other players.

  • Animan

    Frenchy, that trade would not happen.

  • Cam

    I was only throwing it out there assuming that Len wouldn’t be pushed to come back to quickly and at some point this year Gortat is going to be gone. Think of Melo as an insurance policy against a Big Z (Ilgauskas) recurring type of foot problem for Len. It could also be more stealth tanking on the Suns part. Though, at this point, is what the Suns are doing really considered stealth tanking? Especially when everyone else in the league and all the fans know that’s what they are doing. I guess it could be worse. The Suns could have traded an all star guard for an injured rookie center and picks like the 76ers have. The Suns highlight worthy dunks should be fun to watch at least, can’t say e same for Philly.
    Go Suns.

  • Scott

    The Suns are not stealth tanking. All their tanking is completely for real.

  • Jordan

    hes the perfect person to have out there for 25 min a game to tank though

  • Scott

    @Jordan -

    The Suns won’t need the help.

    If Frye is slow to get his legs back and Gortat is traded, the Suns might even set a franchise low for wins.

    Or a franchise high for losses, if you want to look at it from the positive side. ;)

  • Jeremiah


    If we really want to look at it from a positive view than we might get the #1 pick for the first time ever.

  • Scott

    ^^ I don’t mind that, so long as there is a clear #1 franchise-type talent.

    FWIW, if the Suns had won #1 this last year, they might have made the same pick (Len).

  • Ty-Sun

    Since the Suns are going to have to pay Beasley no matter what they do, why not just send him to the D-league and see if that might be a wake up call of sorts. And I mean sending him there from day one. No training camp or preseason games with the Suns, just tell him he’s going to be in the D-league until he gets his sh!t together.

    Maybe it will work, maybe it won’t but either way the Suns won’t loose any more than they are already on the hook for. Being around a lot of other players that are fighting just to get into the NBA might be a good reality check.

  • Scott

    In a tweet posted Sept 1, Gary Washburn quotes McD saying that the Suns are optimistic Frye will return, but they won’t know for sure for a few more weeks.


  • GoSuns

    I totally agree with you Ty-Sun, very good idea, I think it might be the best way for the suns to determine his value as an asset to this team, if he seems like he can get hit stuff together his salary could be a bargain, but if not the stretch provision helps us bite the salary a little easier

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com hawki

    RE: NBA D-League

    Teams can only assign players who are rookies or in their 2nd season to its D-League affiliates.

    Players with 3+ years of experience (Beasley) can only be assigned with their consent.

  • Ty-Sun

    So much for that idea…