The Timberwolves today announced that they are not interested in giving Michael Beasley a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent in this year’s NBA Free Agency. Therefore, Beasley is now officially an unrestricted free agent.
When I heard that, I rejoiced. Most Timberwolves fans rejoiced as well. I have been lucky enough to watch all of the Timberwolves game during my Winter Break last year from the last two weeks of December through the first two weeks of January. All I remember most of the time was every time Beasley made one little mistake or normally a big mistake fans would chant “Let’s trade Beasley” despite some of them sporting a Beasley t-shirt.
Beasley is a 6 foot 10 forward and the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and was the player picked after Derrick Rose. Not worthy right? Beasley last season averaged 16.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his two short seasons with the Timberwolves. Beasley came all the way from Miami on July 12, 2010 and averaged a career-high 19.2 points per game in his first stint with Minnesota. The closed-eyes forward was acquired from Miami mainly because that was the summer the Heat were getting ready to sign in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. And Michael Beasley would have obviously been useless for them.
Now, with the Timberwolves, Beasley is somewhat the same. He’s not totally useless, but we simply don’t need him that much as of now. He can still score but his “laziness” play on the court and stupid mistakes is something a young rising team should not have on their roster.
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