You don’t get very many chances in this game. With an arrest for suspicion of marijuana possession recently added to his already lengthy rap sheet, Michael Beasley may have just played himself out of the NBA.
On his third team now, the forward is looking for a new employer as the Phoenix Suns have parted ways with him.
Beasley’s troubles included a violation for speeding earlier this year. That was followed up by an assault charge, and now this latest episode. He joins Lamar Odom as two players that have completely gone off the rails. Of course, Beasley and Odom aren’t on trial for murder like troubled superstar Aaron Hernandez, but they have made some pretty questionable decisions as of late, potentially damaging to both their careers.
This is nothing new, as Beasley’s character has been questioned since college and by every NBA team he’s ever suited up for. He was able to find some success with the Miami Heat (his best season statistically) but hasn’t been able to duplicate those numbers since. Adding to the problem is his apparent refusal to stay out of trouble off the court.
Phoenix signed the talented, but troubled star to a three-year $18 million contract last summer. Beasley rewarded Phoenix with career lows in every category. Newly-hired Suns GM Ryan McDonaugh hinted a resolution on Beasley could be reached by the end of the week, but the Suns went ahead and waived the forward late Tuesday night.
By releasing Beasley, The Suns will eat the $6 million left on his contract this year. In the NBA, it seems that you can always get a job especially if you’re tall, but Beasley’s time in the league is just about up, his best years are most definitely behind him and he will become an expensive backup with a horrid shooting percentage and a penchant for trouble for any team that claims him.
Time will tell if Michael Beasley gets another chance, though it’ll most likely be with a new team if he does.