MICHAEL BEASLEY (6-9 235, 29-years-old)
Season Stats : 50-39-78 shooting (0.5 treys) for 13.2 pts, 5.6 rebs, 0.5 stls and 0.6 blks
I know, I know. How can I put Beasley on here? Didn’t we learn our lesson the first time? I am one of the first to say that. However, I really feel he’s changed. He’s matured. Michael Beasley is not the same person that came through Phoenix the first time around.
His play isn’t the same either. Last season he put up his best numbers since he was on the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010-11.
He is a veteran. A 29-year-old with 10 years of NBA experience on his resume as well as time in the Chinese Basketball Association where he was an All-Star and MVP.
Beasley knows he’s messed up and he wants that to be behind him. He wants to contribute to a team and help youngsters. He could do that here.
If you think strictly basketball, a 6’9″ forward that can stretch the floor, score, and is a decent defender – a commodity any team would love to have. And he’s playing some really good basketball right now.
When Kristaps Porzingis went down with injury, Beasley stepped up. That shows maturity. So be it that it was on a bad team. So be it that he knew it was a chance for teams to see what he has with free agency coming up.
In 26 games without Porzingis, Beasley put up an inspiring 50-42-84 shooting line (0.6 treys) to the tune of 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
For the right price, why not take another chance? The team would be wise to at least look at him. Hey, give him a 1-year deal at a low price and allow him to prove himself as a solid starter or release himself from the team.