Malik Beasley Rumors

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Malik Beasley
Malik Beasley
Position: G
Born: 11/26/96
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:198 lbs. / 89.8 kg.
Salary: $2,731,713
“There were three other cops,” Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley told ESPN later. “Why weren’t they helping him?” Beasley, 23, and his girlfriend, Montana, have a story to tell too. She’s of Asian descent and wore a mask in public from the beginning of the pandemic in the United States. “People were looking at us weird,” Beasley said. “They were giving her the look, like, “Did you bring the virus here? “It was really strange, and we did our best to stay in the house. We wanted to stay out of people’s way with everyone on edge.”
Rosas wasn’t hiding much in those statements, because as Rosas marks his one-year anniversary on the job, the Wolves roster looks nothing like the one he inherited — and even nothing like the one he assembled after his first free-agent cycle. Just Josh Okogie and Karl-Anthony Towns remain from the roster Rosas inherited. Several came in the days preceding the trade deadline: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, James Johnson and the apple of Rosas’ eye from the moment he took the job, D’Angelo Russell. “Building an organization, building a foundation, the DNA and the values of who we’re going to be, I feel like we’ve done that in a very tangible way after Year 1,” Rosas said in a phone interview. “Roster-wise, our front office staff deserves a ton of credit because as we sit here, we’ve changed over 13 out of 15 roster spots. … That typically takes organizations two to three years. That we were able to do it by the trade deadline was quite an achievement for our staff.”
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There was a lot of emotion in that moment for Beasley and his family. For four years with the Nuggets, Malik had tried to earn major minutes. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t get the role he wanted. “I said, ‘Are you getting traded?’ He said, ‘Yeah, Mama,’ ” Deena Beasley recalled recently. “I said, ‘Stop right here. Take these pictures. These are the last damn pictures you’re going to take in Denver, so you make them good pictures.”
Faking it for the camera — it’s a quality Deena and Michael Beasley have perfected in their careers as successful actors. So Malik put on his best smile for a few more minutes. Then he went back to the locker room, and the veneer dropped. “Guys were crying. He was crying,” Deena Beasley said. “I said, ‘Let’s go. Let’s get your stuff. We’re going.’ He packed his bags, and we went back to his house and the next day [the Timberwolves] had his plane ticket at 11 a.m. to be here.”
Beasley was playing some of the best basketball of his career before the season was postponed in early March. He is a restricted free agent, meaning he could be somewhere else when next season begins. But the Wolves have cards in their hands to outmaneuver other teams and keep him, and before the season stopped, Beasley didn’t sound anxious to leave.
Storyline: Malik Beasley Free Agency
The Wolves are preparing right along with them, trying to be ready should the green light come. But they also remain in a period of mourning, for Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, and for a relative in Malik Beasley’s family, both of whom have been lost to complications from coronavirus. What has made matters worse for the Wolves is that the shelter-in-place orders enacted to try to limit the spread of the virus are also limiting their ability to connect with members of the organization that are hurting. “Anytime you lose somebody, especially somebody as important as a parent, you want to be there for them and you want to support them,” president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said. “We’ve tried really hard, anything and everything that we can to connect with Karl and his family and other players and other staff members that are going through it. But it’s not the same. You can’t hug somebody, you can’t spend one-on-one time with them. You can’t help them through this pain in a physical, personal way.”
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For Beasley, it all starts with safety. If the players, coaches and fans aren’t healthy and are at risk of contracting a virus that has killed more than 50,000 in the United States and a couple in the Timberwolves family, the discussion should stop right there. “I just want to make sure our health is fine and make sure we’re good to go,” Beasley said. “That’s what we got to do, got to make sure we’re healthy.”
Whether it happens sooner or later, the Wolves will be ready when the day comes to get back on the court. But the preparation will continue with heavy hearts from losses that have underscored just how real this threat is. “We’ve done everything that we can to stay connected, to stay engaged, to provide resources, to provide support,” Rosas said. “But it’s painful. It’s frustrating and it’s disappointing. You just want to grab KAT and give him a hug and let him know we’re here with him. I’d love for our 15 guys and our coaching staff and our front office to be together through this. But it’s where we’re at in this point in time. Whether it’s calls, texts chapel services, we’ve continued to support him and his family as best as we can.”
The summer (whenever we get there) will be an interesting one for Beasley. He is a restricted free agent, and that means that the Wolves have the right to match any offer he gets. They traded their most attractive asset (outside of Towns) as part of a four-team deal to get Beasley, and he has only endeared himself more to them since arriving with his competitiveness. The Wolves will no doubt want to sign him to a long-term deal to keep him around.
Storyline: Malik Beasley Free Agency
That is, of course, where it started for the Nuggets. Denver was aggressive in trying to sign Beasley to a contract extension before the deadline in October, producing a multiyear offer worth north of $10 million annually, according to a league source. But Beasley, who signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports last summer, declined and decided to play out the season with restricted free agency on the horizon in July.
Storyline: Malik Beasley Free Agency
In the days following the move, Jamal Murray said he and Beasley talked multiple times. “(I told him) to do exactly what he’s doing right now,” Murray said. “He’s gonna bring that same energy, he’s a guy that loves to have fun, that loves the game of basketball. We were keeping up at halftime (of the Phoenix game), before the game. We were watching little highlights. He does a great job. It’s good to see him have the opportunity and take advantage of it.”
“There were so many different things (going on Tuesday night), but I definitely reached out,” Malone said in his first public comments since the blockbuster deal. “We’ve been communicating with each other. I just sent all three of those guys a message for their first games tonight as Minnesota Timberwolves against the Clippers. “And that’s the only thing I feel good about it,” Malone continued. “Change is inevitable in the NBA. Players come, players go. Malik and Juancho were here for four years, Jarred for two. Everybody’s leaving on positive terms. I’m happy for those guys. Those guys are going to get opportunities in Minnesota that they deserve.”
The Nuggets also have to make decisions on fourth-year shooting guard Malik Beasley and fourth-year forward Juancho Hernangomez, both of whom could enter restricted free agency this summer. The Nuggets, who don’t have a first-round pick this upcoming draft due to the Jerami Grant trade, are in search of a first-round pick for Beasley, according to two league sources.

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The Nuggets and Heat are among the teams registering interest in Jrue Holiday, though the Pelicans are not biting … yet. Denver has made Gary Harris very available, and would part with Malik Beasley, too. Just don’t ask for Michael Porter Jr., who has emerged as the sweet scoring forward many thought he would be before the back injury scared everyone away. New Orleans’s decision on Holiday will be interesting.
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Despite averaging only 7.1 points in 16 minutes per game thus far 2019-20, Beasley was linked to the Sixers as a potential landing spot, per a report in The Ringer. Beasley’s response to that external chatter: “I just hoop.” Howe ver, he admits uncertainty takes its toll. “It’s not easy, but my family does a great job of keeping me centered,” Beasley said.
Storyline: Malik Beasley Trade?
General manager Elton Brand’s first stab at a fix has been scoping the market for more shooters. Embiid is an average shooter and Simmons is a nonshooter. The team’s offense excels with just one of them but gets clunky with them both, so finding players who can space the floor is critical. The Sixers have expressed interest in a long list of wings, including Malik Beasley (Nuggets), Glenn Robinson III (Warriors), Davis Bertans (Wizards), E’Twaun Moore (Pelicans), and Andre Iguodala (Grizzlies), according to multiple league sources.
The Nuggets has been open to discussing deals around young talents Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez, but have asked for a high value ahead of the February trade deadline, according to sources. Rival team executives in Las Vegas said they expect both could be moved in order for Denver to receive value prior to restricted free agency. Beasley and Hernangomez are expected to command lucrative deals in free agency, meaning the Nuggets risk losing them in July.
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Beasley, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, signed with mega agent Rich Paul this summer and wasn’t able to come to an agreement on an extension with Denver before the deadline in October, despite an aggressive offer from the Nuggets, according to a league source. Teams have already been making calls on Beasley, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported last week, and reasons for the interest are obvious. He just turned 23 years old and is a plus athlete who is shooting nearly 41 percent from 3-point range this season after shooting 40 percent over a full season last year.
Multiple teams have had due diligence conversations with Denver regarding guard Malik Beasley, league sources say. Because of their wing depth with Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Gary Harris, Denver (14-7) routinely receives trade calls but has no traction currently on any deals. Beasley and the Nuggets did not reach agreement on a contract extension in October, clearing the way for him to be one of the top restricted free agents next summer. Beasley is considered a talented, 6-foot-5 shooting guard with scoring potential.
Portland wasn’t the only team mentioned for Aldridge. Another one that came up was the Denver Nuggets, who are 13-4 and aren’t even playing their best basketball yet. “Maybe Denver could be a destination for Aldridge,” a Western Conference executive mentioned to HoopsHype. “If they think he can play the 4, it could make sense. He probably can’t play the 4 at this stage, but I don’t know how other front offices feel. Malik Beasley and Mason Plumlee for LaMarcus is one possible trade scenario.”
What he might command in restricted free agency and whether the Nuggets would be willing to match any offers, is up to him. “I put in a lot of work, I’m confident,” Beasley said. “I don’t see it as (a gamble), I just see it as I’m out there to play and do my job and do that every night and take it the same way. “It was great talks from both parties and just couldn’t figure something out,” Beasley said in his first public comments about the negotiations. “It doesn’t hurt my relationship with them, it doesn’t hurt anything on the court.”
Storyline: Malik Beasley Free Agency
Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline for rookie scale extensions came and went, and neither fourth-year Nuggets Malik Beasley or Juancho Hernangomez had a new deal. That means both will enter next summer as restricted free agents, where the Nuggets still have the chance to match any offer sheets that either player receives from an opposing team.
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