NBA rumors: Malik Beasley re-signs with Minnesota

Shams Charania: Restricted free agent Malik Beasley (@Malik Beasley) has agreed to a four-year, $60M deal to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agent Brian Jungreis told @The Athletic @Stadium.

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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.…
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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The Simmons-Rivers relationship has been one of many issues in question as this has played out over the summer. Sources with knowledge of the situation have noted throughout the offseason that mending that relationship would be one of the most important steps toward potentially making this work, even if temporarily, and there has been little-to-no progress on that front. Simmons’ buy-in has been described as “low” or “non-existent” by team sources in recent weeks, with the head coach and player rarely speaking since the season ended in late June.
Vogel hopped on Spectrum’s “LakeShow” podcast on Wednesday and shed some light on AD’s apparent physical transformation this summer. Clearly, Davis’ new look has Vogel feeling particularly optimistic about the upcoming season. “He put a lot of work this off-season into his body, a lot of work,” Vogel said. “We had a moment maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home and we had a lot of conversations about concerns we have with our team … And (AD) comes in for a workout, the first time we’ve seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing. And we all just looked at each other like, ‘We’re going to be really good this year. Just looking at that guy right there, we’re going to be really good this year.’”
A NBA team parting ways with its president of basketball operations a week before training camp would be remarkable in any circumstances, but the Minnesota Timberwolves’ decision to move on from president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was even more notable for one simple reason; they forgot how to spell their own franchise name. In both a statement (which was quoted verbatim by several reporters, including the spelling mistake) and a release, they called themselves the “Timberwovles”: