A report from Yahoo said the Wolves have made Malik Beasley available in trade discussions, but a source said the Wolves haven’t made Beasley available and still want to re-sign him even after drafting Edwards. The Wolves view Edwards as having position versatility given his size and strength. They envision him being able to play on the wing or at power forward given the NBA’s propensity to play smaller fours and Edwards’ strength at 6-5, 225 pounds to guard that position.
Dane Moore: Gersson Rosas on The @ChadHartmanShow said selecting Anthony Edwards and pursuing Malik Beasley in restricted free agency are "independent decisions" -- "decisions that had nothing to do with each other". "We hope that relationship (with Beasley) continues."
Michael Scotto: The Minnesota Timberwolves have extended a qualifying offer to Malik Beasley, league sources told @HoopsHype. Beasley will become a restricted free agent. hoopshype.com/lists/2020-fre…
Christopher Hine: Rosas on restricted free agent Malik Beasley’s pending legal issues as it relates to his long-term trajectory with the Wolves. “We’re working through this together.” Rosas previously said Beasley was family and that they would help Beasley through process, he stood by that today.
Dane Moore: Sachin Gupta on the free agencies of Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez: "We do have plenty of room below the tax. We’ve got our own free agents with Malik and Juancho, so with the Bird rights we’ll be able to re-sign those guys."
Darren Wolfson: #Timberwolves RFA Malik Beasley is now represented by agent Brian Jungreis. Him and Klutch Sports parted ways months ago, officially very recently, Jungreis will be busy when FA starts since he also reps Fred Van Vleet.
Beasley, Hernangomez and McLaughlin are restricted free agents and Johnson has a $16 million player option. “We obviously are very, very happy with the things that we were able to see from those guys that are free agents this summer,” Ryan Saunders said. “They’ll continue to be priorities. Gersson, we work closely, and it has been a great partnership of getting guys that fit our time line, fit the system, the style of play that we want to play and guys that fit around Karl and D’Angelo.”
The Timberwolves released the roster of players expected to be in attendance for the bubble camp on Thursday. That roster includes Beasley, the Timberwolves’ fiery shooting guard. Beasley’s decision to attend is notable because he is set to become a restricted free agent after this season officially ends. Others in his shoes might sit this out to try to avoid an injury before trying to cash in with a long-term contract. But Beasley is a gym rat, and an entire summer without competitive basketball has him eager to get back around his teammates.
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.
“Oh man, I love this system,” Beasley said before the stoppage. “It’s like the perfect system for me. We like to shoot threes. I’m a three-point shooter. We get out in transition. Our identity is to play hard all the time and that’s what I am. That’s who I am.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Beasley and Hernangomez represented a different set of variables than Harris and Murray had. For Beasley, who turned down an offer in the neighborhood of 3-year, $30 million, a league source confirmed, his 2018-19 season was the first time he showed consistent growth.
Shams Charania: Sources: Denver's Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez are not expected to reach agreements by 6 p.m. ET deadline. All sides showed effort in talks, and Nuggets were aggressive in making offers to find deals. Both talented young players are headed for RFA.
You can read between the lines all you like. Malik Beasley ain’t tipping his pitch. “I’m handling my business,” the Nuggets’ wing guard said Monday at the team’s preseason media day when asked about his future — short-term and long-term — in the Mile High City. “Focused on the court, and that’s about it.”
January 27, 2021 | 8:36 pm EST Update
“I see why there’s a comparison. Obviously, LeBron is one of the greatest to ever do it and Ben has the potential given the size, ability, and speed, but it’s unfair. It’s unfair to compare anybody to LeBron or compare anybody to Michael Jordan, especially at a young age.”
Attempts to grow closer as a team are confronting a world in which proximity to teammates is both dangerous and prohibited. As a result, NBA players and staffs have been reduced to distant conversations through face masks, and a road life dominated by individual screens rather than collective camaraderie. “The reality is that you can’t do stuff like that anymore,” Haslem said. “Those opportunities don’t exist.” In Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner’s words: “It’s a bubble within a bubble.”
STARTING AN AVERAGE day on the road, an NBA player must now wake up as early as 7:30 a.m. to be tested before a practice or shootaround, depending on the market. He then returns to his room to catch another hour or so of sleep, or to busy himself with a video game, an episode of a series or maybe a FaceTime session with family back home. A couple of hours later, he reports downstairs to board the team bus. The wait in the lobby is traditionally a time when players schmooze and hang out, but with everyone at least 6 feet apart and masked, the vibe has taken on an edgy quality.
Pre-practice strategy sessions at the hotel can no longer last more than 10 minutes. Shootaround or practice offer some normalcy, but breakfast back at the hotel in a ballroom, typically a communal ritual where players and staff yuck it up at tables for eight, now operates as a grab-and-go. Want some fresh air? Forget about taking a walk outside, even though the CDC and other leading medical institutions regard outdoor activities with the appropriate precautions as low risk.
Back in the hotel room, the walls close in for players. More video games and binge watching. Myles Turner has delved into Narcos and has been playing Cyberpunk 2077, while Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph recently watched the Tony Parker documentary on Netflix. “I don’t think locking up in a room for 24 hours just coming out to play basketball is mentally healthy,” Haslem said. “I need to go out and take a walk because there are things that can pile up that have nothing to do with the game of basketball. And you’re saying that I can’t even go take a walk? I don’t think that’s right. Even in the bubble, you can go take a walk and get some fresh air.”
This season, that ground rarely extends much past the door to a hotel room. The Spurs’ custom on the plane has been effectively prohibited. Under the new guidelines, players must sit next to the same guys they sit next to on the bench during games. On an off night, it’s dinners for one in the room — a far cry from the jovial dining out experience in a road city. “I think that’s hard — having options taken away,” Holiday said. “You might go to your favorite city, and have a favorite food spot that people might not know about. And that’s something that you can bring to the table, something you share, and [this season] you can’t really share that.”