Earlier today, troubled forward Michael Beasley was released by the Phoenix Suns for yet another marijuana charge.
This is just the latest in a long line of off-court issues for Beasley, but this one may be the most damaging so far. The Suns made Beasley a priority last summer when most teams had already given up on him, signing him to a three-year, $18 million contract.
If now even they have given up on him, what hope does he have?
Well, some, but not much. It really is frustrating because Beasley is undeniably talented, especially on the offensive end. He has good size, is athletic, and can shoot from anywhere on the court. He had a spectacular career in college that led him to be drafted by the Miami Heat second overall in 2008.
I think Beasley could potentially turn things around in a very particular situation. He needs to join a team with a winning culture, a ton of veteran leadership and a coach that puts up with no nonsense. The team in the league that best fits this description is, without a doubt, the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs have successfully gotten through to knuckleheads like Beasley in the past, like Stephen Jackson and even Dennis Rodman back in the day. Beasley would be a challenge, but I think the Spurs could effectively corral his off-court issues and tap into his talent.
The have one of the best no-nonsense coaches out there in Gregg Popovich and one of the greatest leaders ever in Tim Duncan. The Spurs tend to get the most out of their players, and if they were somehow able to do this with Beasley, the results would be scary.
But I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Spurs even want Beasley. At this point, he may be too far gone. The Spurs make sure that any player that joins their team is one willing to buy into their culture and work ethic. Beasley certainly doesn’t some the one to fit that mold.
Still, because Beasley is so talented and the Spurs have only one true small forward on their roster (Kawhi Leonard), it’s not out of the question that they might consider Beasley. If there’s any team that could turn around Beasley’s career, it’s the Spurs.
So, if Beasley is serious about turning things around, he should plead with Spurs for them to give him a shot.