(NEW YORK) — With the loss of the point guard Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns are trying to reload their team. They started the process by agreeing to a three-year, $18 million contract with free agent forward Michael Beasley.
Beasley’s career has been a bit tumultuous since entering the NBA in 2008. He was the second overall pick that year by the Miami Heat and was named to the All-Rookie 1st Team that year. When Miami had the chance to bring in Chris Bosh and Lebron James, the team traded Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In his first season in Minnesota, Beasley had a career year as he averaged 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He was finally showing why he was such a high draft pick, but because of bouts of immaturity and other issues, the team thought it’d be best to bring him off the bench this past season. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, which were both career lows.
Despite those issues, the Suns remain very high on Beasley. The team also recently agreed to a deal with point guard Goran Dragic and signed guard Eric Gordon to an offer sheet.
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