Following his latest arrest, Suns forward and D.C. area native Michael Beasley is truly stretching Phoenix's patience. Because of his growing rap sheet - and not producing at an irreplaceable level when on the court, he could be subject to the Suns invoking the "stretch provision."
Before we discuss the CBA jargon, here's the latest on Beasley. Selected No. 2 overall by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft, the 24-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning in Scottsdale following a traffic stop for something other than moving violation. From the Scottsdale police department's website:
On 08/06/13 at 1:15 am SPD made a stop for a traffic violation in the area of Scottsdale and McCormick Roads. As the officer approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana emanating from within the car. A search of the driver’s area recovered marijuana that was impounded. The driver, identified as Michael Beasley, was booked pending charges for possession of marijuana and released.
This is hardly Beasley's first incident with marijuana. ProBasketballTalk.com has the details, including:
- former Minnesota general manager David Kahn, who acquired the tweener forward from the Heat in 2010, previously explaining how marijuana slowed Beasley down early in his career and was supposedly behind him.
- How this latest situation is Beasley's third such incident in eight months and that his on-court performance caused damage to the Suns brutal 2012-13 campaign.
- And how a report suggests the Suns may have indeed decided enough is enough, especially since there is a new management structure with the organization.
Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, if a player is waived before August 31 (and his contract was signed before the current CBA took effect), the team cutting him loose is still on the hook for the guaranteed portion of the deal, which in Beasley’s case is $9 million — six million this season, three million the next. The club can stretch those payments out, however, over twice the number of years remaining on the contract, plus one.
In Beasley’s case, that would mean the $9 million could be paid out over five years, at a cost of just $1.8 million per season.
Time after time we've seen teams keep around troubled players as long said players help contribute to either bottom line: basketball wins/ or inancial gains. At this point, Beasley is doing neither. Even worse, he's considered a negative locker room presence. Factor in his zero trade value and, well, his days in Phoenix are likely numbered.
Whether the same can be said for his NBA playing days, we'll see. He's still young and owns a career 14.1 points per game average, having ended each of his five seasons scoring at least 10 points per game. Some team thinking they can rehabilitate his career probably takes a chance at a minimal contract, but the line of suitors won't be long.
As for imagining no teams come calling on a released Beasley at least for a little while, that's not a stretch.