Earlier today, we posted a list of 10 viable free agents. Only a few hours later, an update is required. Well, that is depending on how one views Michael Beasley.
The Phoenix Suns viewed him as expendable, parting ways with the troubled scoring forward on Tuesday. The two sides came to a financial settlement that will cost the team $7 million, but saves the organization based on what they would have paid Beasley for the 2013-14 season.
None of this is surprising, not after Beasley's latest transgression. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft was arrested earlier this month following a traffic stop for possession of marijuana, marking his third brush with the law in eight months.
In preparation for this scenario, Phoenix last week traded Caron Butler to Milwaukee. In return, the Suns received two players, but most importantly a savings of nearly $6 million.
“The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” Suns president Lon Babby said in a statement. “However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. Today’s action reflects our commitment to those standards. The timing and nature of this, and all of our transactions, are based on the judgment of our Basketball leadership as to how best to achieve our singular goal of rebuilding an elite team.”
Even though there is a chucker quality to his game, Beasley can put the ball in the basket. In five seasons with three different teams, he's averaging 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. Beasley averaged 10.1 points in 75 games with the Suns last season.
SI.com goes into detail regarding Beasley's rap sheet, including being fine $50,000 before his first NBA game for a marijuana incident at the NBA's Rookie Transition program; pulled over for speeding and marijuana possession in Minnesota after acquired by the Timberwolves.
Nothing seemed or smelled odd when Beasley recently participated in the Goodman League Roundball Classic at DeMatha, which came following his latest arrest. It will be all kinds of foul if anyone starts talking about the Seat Pleasant native and former Riverdale Baptist star joining the local NBA team. Not only is the roster full, but after several moves, it's devoid of the knucklehead factor. No need to go backwards.
What happens to Beasley going forward, that's a good question.