T-Wolves' Malik Beasley Charged with Drug Possession, Threat of Violence

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2020

Minnesota Timberwolves' Malik Beasley plays against the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 6, 2020 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been charged with fifth-degree drug possession and threat of violence after he was arrested at his home in Plymouth, Minnesota, on Sept. 27.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium tweeted a statement from Beasley's attorneys, Steve Haney and Ryan Pacyga:

ESPN's Mark Schlabach after Beasley's arrest that police records showed him facing potential charges of felony controlled substance/narcotics and felony receiving/concealing stolen property.

The Plymouth Police Department released a statement in September regarding why Beasley was arrested.

In the statement, police said they were called to Beasley's residence on Sept. 26 after individuals reported someone "walked up to their vehicle, tapped on the vehicle window, pointed a gun at them and advised them to get off of the property" after stopping in front of the house.

The person then allegedly pointed the gun at the car as it drove away.

Responding officers said they detected a "strong odor of marijuana" around the residence and later discovered narcotics and guns, one of which was stolen, after obtaining a search warrant.

The 23-year-old Beasley completed his fourth NBA season in 2019-20. He spent all of his first three seasons and part of his fourth season with the Denver Nuggets before getting traded to the T-Wolves in February as part of a four-team deal.

Beasley played at a high level in his 14 games for Minnesota, averaging 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.1 minutes per contest.

The former Florida State standout had just 19 starts in 206 games as a member of the Nuggets, but he averaged over 11.0 points per game in 2018-19.

Beasley is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, and if the Timberwolves opt to re-sign him, he could be a significant part of their backcourt in 2020-21.

D'Angelo Russell is locked in as the starting point guard, while Beasley and Josh Okogie would likely battle for minutes at shooting guard unless Minnesota adds competition in free agency or the draft.