The Denver Nuggets are in talks with backup shooting guard Malik Beasley and his representatives about a contract extension with the Oct. 21 early extension deadline looming, according to a league source.
Nick Kosmider: Malik Beasley, asked about his contract negotiations, said his focus is on day-to-day improvement. Said he is letting agent Rich Paul take care of the rest.
Players don’t switch representation to one of the most influential agents in the NBA (Rich Paul) unless they’re trying to get paid. Heading into his fourth season, Beasley is early extension eligible until Oct. 21. Beasley sees himself as a starter, but there’s nowhere for him to start in Denver. That naturally creates a disconnect in terms of perceived value. My assumption is that the Nuggets make their offer, maybe somewhere near an annual range of $10 million to $11 million, and Beasley then must decide whether that’s to his liking. If he thinks he can get more, he can play this season out as a relative gamble.
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.
The respective cases of Beasley and Hernangomez are far more interesting, if only because there’s something to debate. The Nuggets have until Oct. 21 to agree to early extensions. If they don’t, they’ll likely become restricted free agents next summer. Theoretically, interested teams could wage a bidding war with the Nuggets and drive the price up. Denver wants to get a deal done with both players before the deadline, a league source said, rather than risk that scenario with two valuable young players.
September 21, 2021 | 2:49 am EDT Update
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