Trade Package I:
Veteran PG Patrick Beverley has had a career’s worth of changes in just the 2022-23 NBA season alone. He started the season with the Minnesota Timberwolves but was traded to the Utah Jazz. The Jazz promptly traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he competed and started in 45 games. But Beverley was paired with a second-round pick and traded to the Orlando Magic for center Mo Bamba.
From there, the Orlando Magic bought out Beverley’s contract, allowing him to sign with any NBA team he desired. In a bit of a mild surprise, he did not return to the Minnesota Timberwolves but rather signed with the Chicago Bulls. He played 22 games for the Bulls and helped them to qualify for the NBA Play-in Tournament as the ninth-seeded team in the NBA Eastern Conference. The Bulls defeated the tenth-seeded Toronto Raptors in Game 2 but lost to the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Play-in Tournament, and were eliminated.
What about an NBA marksman?
Veteran SG Malik Beasley is currently projected to hit the NBA Free Agency market, and last competed for the Los Angeles Lakers. While the Lakers have a $16.5 million option for Beasley, many NBA analysts project that to be too steep of a price and will result in the Lakers declining that option. While Beasley is a young shooter who could find his niche coming off the bench, he disappeared for the Lakers in the NBA Playoffs, and that will ultimately depress his market value.
After all the huffing and puffing about the Timberwolves trading away so many valuable players, doesn’t it seem odd that if those players were THAT good, they would not be on the move multiple times in one season? If you have been keeping track, Malik Beasley played his best on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, and production has been on the decline with the Jazz and the Lakers. That is also true of his NBA Playoff performance. If you want a guy who wilts when the lights get brighter, then Malik Beasley is your guy. Otherwise, the Timberwolves were wise to part ways with him.