Michael Singer: From Jamal Murray’s Instagram account. He, Beasley and Juancho were all drafted in the first round of 2016. He and Beasley were particularly close. IMGhttps://twitter.com/msinger/status/1225145304963375105
Kendra Andrews: Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez returned to the Nuggets locker room to say goodbye upon hearing they’re on the move. Beasley shared a long embrace with Will Barton while Hernangomez was asking if Nikola Jokic was still around.
Jamie Hudson: Nuggets SG Malik Beasley, who just found he was traded, came into the Media Room here at the Pepsi Center to thank the Denver reporters for everything they did for him. He looked like he was fighting back tears.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Singer: Michael Malone, when asked if it's hard to potentially see guys traded given that he's seen their potential. Cited Juancho, Malik. "I hope we can keep this team because I know what this team is capable of... I also know it's a business, I also know these guys all want to play."
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.
Sagar Trika: Woj says Denver would like to get more minutes and an expanded role for Michael Porter Jr. Says teams around the league believe Malik Beasley is available. Doesn't expect wholesale changes, though.
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.
Denver could be in the market with Malik Beasley and Juan Hernangomez potentially available if they can package a deal that nets the Nuggets a contributor.
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.
If they don’t reach an agreement, and the Nuggets sense that some team will offer him starter-level money in restricted free agency, a trade could very well happen. NBA teams are high on Beasley’s talent and are eager to see what that looks like as an everyday starter. Beasley is worth a first-round pick and could help the Nuggets replenish their cupboard after dealing their 2020 pick for Jerami Grant.
Harrison Wind: Malik Beasley today on if he’s thinking about the Nuggets’ current vacancy at backup shooting guard: “For sure. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I could be traded, I could be on that second unit. But either way, I’m going to be working hard to play."
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets coach Michael Malone has been asked quite a bit about the looming trade deadline. Said he can't worry about things he can't control, but does talk to younger players who may be seeing themselves in rumors for the first time. Specifically mentioned Malik Beasley today.
Brendan Vogt: I asked Malik Beasley if he'd heard of the report that he's been made available for trade by the #Nuggets. He had not. I asked him what his initial reaction is: "It's a business. If they trade me, they trade me. I would like to stay here but it is what it is."
January 24, 2021 | 12:31 pm EST Update
Ex-NBA star Joe Johnson says Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving are already the most lethal scoring big 3 in NBA history … telling TMZ Sports the Brooklyn Nets will be a serious problem for “any damn body.” It’s a huge statement coming from Johnson — after all, the Golden State Warriors won 2 ‘ships with the offensive juggernaut of KD, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson … and very well could have won more if everyone had stayed healthy.
The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who want to attend their games. They’ve been working on the plan for months, and the highly trained dogs have been in place for some games this season in which the team has allowed a handful of guests — mostly friends and family of players and staff. Starting this week, a limited number of ticket holders will be in the seats as well, provided they get past the dogs first.
“If you think about it, detection dogs are not new,” said Matthew Jafarian, the Heat’s executive vice president for business strategy. “You’ve seen them in airports, they’ve been used in mission-critical situations by the police and the military. We’ve used them at the arena for years to detect explosives.”
January 24, 2021 | 11:49 am EST Update
Tim MacMahon: J.J. Barea’s contract with the Spanish team Estudiantes includes an NBA out, sources told ESPN. Barea remains determined to play in NBA this season. Playing in Spain’s top division will give the longtime Mavericks PG a chance to play against good competition and showcase himself.
Justin Kubatko: The Warriors have eight losses this season. The average margin of defeat in those games is 18.75 points, the worst such figure in the NBA this season. Five of their losses have been by 15 or more points. Only the Kings and Timberwolves have more such losses this season (6).
Russell has always justified his reasons for the Wolves’ struggles to newness. They have the youngest roster in the NBA and have been missing Towns for most of the season. Rubio said he is fine with playing off the ball if it adds winning to the mix. “Whatever the team needs, and if it’s playing off the ball, it’s going to take some time, because I have to learn and I have to know my teammates better and know my game and how to play off the ball,” Rubio said. “It’s a challenge, and it takes you to uncomfortable zones, but it’s a learning process. You don’t learn something from one day to another. It’s step by step.”