Minnesota Timberwolves: What is Malik Beasley’s role?

The Minnesota Timberwolves received a pretty large package for Robert Covington when they decided to trade him away during the 2020 NBA trade deadline. In return, they received a draft pick, Juan Hernangomez, and Malik Beasley.

Minnesota Timberwolves: What is Malik Beasley’s role?

While the other two assets would eventually be traded (the draft pick for, well, other draft picks and Hernangomez as a part of a deal for Patrick Beverley), Malik Beasley has become one of the core pieces on a Minnesota Timberwolves team that has lots of scoring and wing talent.

Beasley’s role, though, could be in question. That’s through no fault of his own, but his role is more-so about how the roster has been constructed around the franchise cornerstones of D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, and Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Minnesota Timberwolves do, in fact, need Malik Beasley. When he is healthy, he is one of the best scorers on the team. The level which he can shoot the ball is rare – and that makes him a valuable asset not only for Minnesota, but leaguewide.

That means that if the Timberwolves and general manager Gersson Rosas do not see a clear and defined role for him with the current squad, they should be able to trade him for a great package fairly easily. That said, he could also be included in a trade for star-level player – someone like Ben Simmons.

The Timberwolves have a valuable wing player in Malik Beasley, and those don’t come around often. While it isn’t a perfect fit for Minnesota, he still is highly-coveted by both the coaching staff and around the league.

However, the Minnesota Timberwolves do have a place for Malik Beasley. He could fit into one of two roles: as a starting wing alongside Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell or as the sixth-man – someone that can come in and get buckets consistently along the perimeter. Either way, he fits in well, and brings a skill that is not already in the starting lineup as a off-ball mover that hits 40-percent of his threes on high volume.