Michael Beasley to Suns: Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction

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Michael Beasley to Suns: Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction
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The Phoenix Suns and forward Michael Beasley have reportedly come to terms on a three-year deal.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein:

The Phoenix Suns are suddenly dealing. First they sent Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers for four draft picks and some cash, and now this. 

If you add in the possibility that they might end up with Eric Gordon before the summer is up, they might not take long at all to become one of the most feared young teams in the Western Conference alongside the Oklahoma City Thunder.

They are setting themselves up for a swift rebuilding process, and I applaud them for their efforts.

 

Grade: B-

The only reason I don't give this trade an A is due to the fact that Beasley has a long history of immaturity, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

The Suns are apparently not concerned about his past, though, especially considering general manager Lance Blanks' history of successfully helping other troubled players overcome their issues to become productive players, according to Stein's report.

Beasley is an athletic forward who is dangerous around the basket. He can get to the rack one-on-one against many slower forwards, and his jump shot is improving. 

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On the defensive side of the ball, Beasley needs to improve. He rarely makes a major impact on the flow of the game with blocks or steals, though he does pose a challenge on the perimeter, due to his long arms and quick feet.

He never got on Rick Adelman's good side in Minnesota last year, and as such, Beasley's numbers declined significantly from the stellar year he put together in the 2011-2012 season. 

The best and worst part of Beasley's game is that he has so much potential. Whether or not he learns to make use of all his potential remains to be seen, but he's still young and has a fresh opportunity that he needs to take full advantage of.

 

Tweets of the Night

HoopsHype makes an astute observation about the change of culture that's happened to the Suns in the last two hours:

ArizonaSports.com's Adam Green took the words right out of my mouth:

Harvin makes a bold statement I don't quite agree with, but he's not wrong about the potential that this young team brings to the table:

Renan Borelli isn't a big fan of this deal, though:

Most of the reaction from Twitter has been positive regarding this trade, and I happen to agree that it's a good deal for the Suns. Beasley's still 23 years old, and the Suns are getting him for relatively cheap. 

 

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all your Suns news, analysis and reaction.

Happy 4th of July, everyone, and stay safe while you have fun tonight.

 

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