Malik Beasley Rumors

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Malik Beasley
Malik Beasley
Position: G
Born: 11/26/96
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $1,700,640
In the afterglow of what was the best game of his young professional career, Nuggets coach Michael Malone pulled Malik Beasley over on Saturday afternoon for a quick chat. After complimenting the heady, confident play that resulted in Beasley’s 12 points in a season-high 28 minutes in a Nuggets’ win over Orlando on Friday night, Malone got down to business. “I am putting you out there for your defense,” he told Beasley. “Anything you give us offensively is great, and I love it and I know you’re confident and you work hard on that, but don’t ever forget I’m playing you because of your ability to guard multiple positions.”
Offensively against the Magic, he played with clarity. He read situations well. He did not allow Orlando to speed him up and make questionable decisions with his passing or take tough shots. He got to the spots he wanted on his terms and knocked down the attempts, going 5-of-9 from the field. “It felt great,” Malik Beasley said. “I got to my midrange and knocked a few down. The three opened up, plus teammates kept giving me the ball and telling me to shoot. I passed up a lot of shots tonight and coach was mad. I’ve just got to continue to keep working.”
Malik Beasley on Kyrie Irving being a possibility for the Nuggets: “I am kind of surprised just because it’s Denver; a lot of the top guys don’t usually want to [come]. I’m not saying we aren’t huge, but a lot of people don’t think Denver is that good because of how we’ve done in the past. Now, once people see that we’re doing well, they’re starting to come. It’s been happening, but it is kind of surprising like, ‘Yo, he might come play with me!’ I’m still young, so playing with these guys is incredible to me. … He’d definitely bring leadership. He’s won a championship already and been deep in the playoffs. He’d just bring that extra grind and everything that an All-Star brings to a team. I know for sure he can lead a team.”
Storyline: Kyrie Irving to Nuggets?
Malik Beasley on the Nuggets being an attractive destination for players: “It says a lot. Denver may be a smaller, up-and-coming city, but a lot of people realize that we’re coming to compete. It all depends on the players and we have a great group of guys who are unselfish and want to compete for a championship. As you saw, Paul Millsap is coming over and hopefully we keep getting more players [to choose Denver] so that, in the future, we’ll be a great team.”