NBA Rumor: Malik Beasley Extension?

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ESPN reported last week that Beasley turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Nuggets earlier this offseason, and a league source confirmed to The Athletic that an offer was made in that ballpark. Since then, Beasley changed agents, hiring Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the super agent who reps LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Draymond Green, among others. When asked about entering a contract season at media day, Beasley didn’t tip his hand. “My main goal is just to get better every day,” he said. “That’s all I can control. I’ll let Rich Paul handle everything else. Other than that, I’m just focused on winning a championship right here.”

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.

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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.
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