David Fizdale on Knicks Re-Signing Michael Beasley: 'I'm Kinda out of the Loop'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2018

MIAMI - MARCH 4:  Michael Beasley #30 of the Miami Heat takes a breather with assistant coach David Fizdale on March 4, 2009 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Victor Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Michael Beasley may ultimately return to the New York Knicks, but new head coach David Fizdale isn't the one to ask about that possibility, as he told Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic:

Beasley should be a solid pickup for whichever team ultimately signs him. The 29-year-old forward averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 74 games (30 starts) for the Knicks last season, shooting 39.5 percent from three and 50.7 percent from the field.

Given the Knicks' offseason moves, however, it's hard to see the team bringing back Beasley.

They drafted Kevin Knox, a combo forward who will surely be given regular playing time. Per ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley, they agreed to a deal with Mario Hezonja, a small forward who underachieved for most of his tenure in Orlando but showed promise last season and has the upside to be a very nice player if he puts it all together. In Knox and Hezonja, the Knicks have two players younger than Beasley whose potential they'll be trying to tap into next season.

And with Kristaps Porzingis likely to miss a large chunk of the season as he recovers from a torn ACL, the Knicks should focus on getting their young players like Knox, Hezonja and Frank Ntilikina as much playing time as possible rather than instituting the sort of win-now philosophy that would favor playing someone like Beasley more minutes.

Plus, from a practical perspective, the Knicks have 15 players under contract and don't have any wiggle room under the cap outside of using the non-Bird exception ($3 million) to retain Beasley, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

If Beasley is seeking a bigger payday than that, it will be coming elsewhere, barring the Knicks making other moves to clear cap space.

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