NBA Rumors: Will Latest Arrest Lead to Michael Beasley Being Traded by Twolves?
Michael Beasley is once again in the news for off the court reasons. The Timberwolves forward was cited in Minnetonka, a Minneapolis suburb, for speeding and possession of 16.2 grams of marijuana. He was stopped around 3 A.M. on June 26th for going twenty miles an hour over the speed limit. The officer noticed a strong scent of marijuana in the vehicle and proceeded to search and find the drug. Beasley claimed it was not his, but will be charged with possession, a petty misdemeanor.
While the charge is not a huge deal by itself, carrying just a $128 dollar fine, it is the fact that Beasley struggled so much early in his career with off court issues. He constantly violated the league drug policy and eventually entered rehab in 2009. Beasley could not cope with being a rich, young basketball player in South Beach and it was seen as a blessing to his career when he was traded.
With LeBron James and Chris Bosh on the way in, the Heat traded the former second round pick to the TWolves for salary cap reasons. He put up career numbers in his first season with the team and seemed to have started putting things together until this incident.
GM David Kahn said after drafting Derrick Williams, who plays the same positions as Beasley, that he wanted to pair the two athletic scorers together. He also noted that he wanted to see more growth from Beasley as a player and person. With this latest regression, Beasley may just be on his way out.
Derrick Williams should log a ton of minutes his rookie season, as the Timberwolves are not ready to contend quite yet. They have a rookie point guard running the team and Williams will need to get as much floor time as possible to make an impact. Having Beasley there will hurt his development and limit minutes.
A number of teams would be willing to take a flier on a player with as much natural talent as Beasley but riddled with character issues. He was an elite scorer in college and flashed much of that talent last season. If he can get his act together off the court, he will be an all-star someday.
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