Should Phoenix Suns Part Ways with Michael Beasley?

By Michael Terrill
Should Phoenix Suns Part Ways with Michael Beasley
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The Phoenix Suns have a big decision to make regarding troubled forward Michael Beasley. The once rising star who was destined for greatness in the NBA is now fading as he continues to underperform on the court and gets in trouble with the law outside of basketball. Should the Suns part ways with Beasley after his recent arrest for possession of marijuana?

It does not appear that Phoenix is ready to dump a player who has shown potential because of a simple arrest. On the other hand, Beasley has been nothing but trouble for the organization since he arrived. He has not lived up anywhere close to the hype as his production was dismal at best last season. At this point, he has become a part of the problem instead of a part of the solution. For a team that struggled to pull it together several times in 2012-13, Beasley could be someone the Suns simply need to get rid of in order to head in the right direction.

The 24-year-old averaged a meager 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 20.7 minutes per game. He converted 40.5 percent of his shots from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc in 75 games (20 starts). He also had minus-2.5 offensive win shares, something the Suns were not expecting when they acquired him. Posting career lows across the board is not a responsible way to respond after signing a decent contract. Neither is getting arrested in the offseason.

Phoenix clearly signed him in hopes of getting an offensive threat. At this point, it is hard to imagine Beasley getting together his offensive game in time for next season.

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