Teams That Should Gamble on Michael Beasley's NBA Future

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Teams That Should Gamble on Michael Beasley's NBA Future
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

The expectations weren't high for Michael Beasley with the Phoenix Suns. All he really had to do was not get arrested a half-dozen times or be one of the league's absolute worst players.

He couldn't meet those modest standards.

Now that Phoenix has decided to pay Beasley upwards of $9 million to go away, according to Suns.com, the requisite speculation can begin about his next destination. After a series of increasingly disappointing washouts, the former No. 2 overall pick has flunked his way off of what might be the league's most hapless roster.

So, where does Beasley go from here?

In theory, he'd be an ideal acquisition for a rebuilding team. But for clubs that are starting over, it's not just about losing games—something Beasley would definitely help accomplish. It's also about creating a positive culture in which young, impressionable talent can flourish.

Because adding Beasley to an environment loaded with young players is like striking a match in a room with a propane leak, don't expect the league's worst teams to come calling. He proved in Phoenix that he couldn't be trusted to do anything but flame out.

That leaves established clubs with strong, no-nonsense personalities as the only landing spots for B-Eazy. Veterans with a zero-tolerance policy for his B.S. might be able to keep him in line. And ideally, the team that takes a risk on him will be able to cut him loose quickly if he can't act like a grown-up.

Put simply, the only teams that can handle his baggage are the ones that don't really need him.

It wouldn't be surprising if we never heard from Beasley again (police blotter excluded). But if he has to end up somewhere, the following pillars of the NBA community would give him the best chance at continuing his career. 

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