Beeline for the back of your closet, Suns fans. That once regrettable 2012 purchase of a Michael Beasley jersey may soon have life again.
That’s if you believe the report from Marc Berman of the New York Post that reads Phoenix may be interested in bringing Beasley back for the Suns’ deep playoff run that’s obviously right around the corner.
The Knicks forward is 29 and will be a free agent on July 1st. Along with the Suns, the Hawks are rumored to be interested. They have the cap space to make that happen. According to Berman, if New York is going to hang on to Beasley, it will likely require a sizeable portion of their $8.6 million mid-level exception.
Last season the veteran of ten seasons with six NBA teams had a career rejuvenation of sorts. His 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds were his best since he averaged 19.2 and 5.6 with the Timberwolves in 2010-11.
He was in Phoenix for 75 games during the 2012-13 season. On the court, things didn’t go well. Off the court, things didn’t go well. He was waived in September of ‘13, a year after signing a 3-year $18 million contract with the Suns. It wasn’t all bad, though. We got this gem from then Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby:
“We worked hard to devote ourselves to Michael’s success, but we have to maintain the standards to build a championship culture.”
Championship culture he said.
Now enjoy these Beasley highlights and decide if you’d like to see him back with the Suns.