When the Suns signed Beasley to a three-year, $18 million deal in the offseason, they had high expectations. Some were skeptical of the signing while others held more optimistic views. Some people even predicted Beasley would return to his old self and score 20 points a game.
Before the season started, even those who disagreed with the signing never expected Beasley to be this bad.
Right now, Beasley is averaging 9.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a game while shooting 37 percent from the floor.
It took awhile, but eventually the Suns decided to bench Beasley for his poor play. He hasn't received more than 10 minutes of playing time since December 28th and sometimes doesn't appear on the court at all.
Beasley has completely fallen out of coach Alvin Gentry's rotation.
Since Beasley is doing little other than sitting on the bench these days, the Suns might pursue a trade before the deadline in February.
It might be hard to find another team that is actually interested in him, but you never know what can happen. A major injury can occur, or a team might want extra bench depth to help with a playoff push.
Maybe some teams still believe that Beasley has potential.
Whatever the case, don't expect the Suns to get a lot of talent in return. Cap flexibility would be nice though, and the team may want some expiring contracts in return for a trade. Draft picks would be even nicer, but that might be overrating Beasley's trade value.
In other words, the Suns won't find a team willing to give up lottery picks for Beasley.
Now that your expectations have been lowered, here are five realistic Michael Beasley trades that the Suns should explore.
Note: All stats and figures in this article are accurate as of 1/8/13.