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Suns could use the stretch provision to painlessly rid themselves of Michael Beasley

Aug 6, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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Michael Beasley was already entering the 2013-14 season with the Suns on thin ice, and that was before his latest run-in with local authorities that was his third such incident in the past eight months.

Beasley was at the core of some of the problems in Phoenix early last season, and it became evident by the time the year had ended that the effort to turn him into a consistently productive and professional member of the Suns was nothing but a failed experiment.

Most observers believe that Beasley’s latest trouble with the law will be the final straw with the team’s management, which includes a new GM and a new head coach who were brought in to rapidly turn the culture into one where hard work translates into long-term, sustained success.

John Gambodoro of Sports 620 KTAR thinks Beasley won’t play again for the Suns, and that the team will waive him and use the stretch provision to minimize the impact of the move financially.

That would make a ton of sense. Having a player around whose work ethic has been questionable and whose judgment remains poor isn’t the kind of example the Suns want to set for their younger players, and the easiest thing to do at this point might be to cut ties with Beasley by waiving him before the month is through.

Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, if a player is waived before August 31 (and his contract was signed before the current CBA took effect), the team cutting him loose is still on the hook for the guaranteed portion of the deal, which in Beasley’s case is $9 million — six million this season, three million the next. The club can stretch those payments out, however, over twice the number of years remaining on the contract, plus one.

In Beasley’s case, that would mean the $9 million could be paid out over five years, at a cost of just $1.8 million per season.

It would seem to be a small price to pay for the team to enact the change it wants to see in its organization, and honestly, it would be a surprise if they didn’t do this considering Beasley’s negative impact in the locker room and the complete lack of value he’d have as a potential asset in any trade scenario.

  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Not the best decision. What if they’re a contender in 5 years and they’re still paying him off?

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Not having him on their team instantly makes them better, saves them money, and opens up a roster spot for someone who actually might be good. When a great solution to a terrible move is just dropped in your lap, you don’t second guess it.

  2. fnc111 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Riley Cooper: I will fight that n!663r Beasley.

    • dannymac17 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      That wasnt even funny, leave the jokes to the comedians you hack.

    • bigmizzax - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      The don’t appreciate your witty and topical comments but I do lol

  3. mickdamill - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    The less time he is on the court the better the Suns, get him out of Phoenix please!!

  4. hildezero - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    With or without Beasley, the Suns are better anyways.

    Michael Beasley < DaMarcus Beasley (if you know what I mean) 😉

  5. apkyletexas - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I’m no drug apologist – but cutting a guy for smoking weed? Is this 1972 or 2013? Might as well cut a guy for having a margarita or taking whiskey shots.

    • mickdamill - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      You’ve apparently never watched Beasley play wearing your teams jersey haha.

      • cardswin519 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        mickdamill just made my night. Hit the nail on the head.

    • Brett Pollakoff - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Agree in principle, but it’s still illegal and he’s been caught doing it before. And what about being pulled over (again) at 1:15AM? It speaks to his poor decision-making more than anything else.It’s the totality of his record (3 run-ins with the law in Phoenix in the last 8 months), combined with his lack of work ethic and production that make waiving him an easy decision.

    • loubearkane - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      He has Social Anxiety Disorder and it can be debilitating. He still has issues and probably self medicates with marijuana. He needs to be on a older team with players that can mentor him. A therapist to work with him and most importantly he needs to grow up and take responsibility for his life. Right now he is a multi-million dollar athlete with access to all sorts of treatment and therapy , take advantage of it jackace. I didn’t have insurance for a while and was stuck waiting 12-13 hours at county hospitals to get help for S.A.D. Man up use your talents to generate multi-generational wealth and use your celebrity to bring more attention to mental illness.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Unfortunately Loubearkane, he is so bad at basketball that he may not be in the league for much longer.

    • shanelsweet - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I am a drug apologist, but even I know that smoking weed while driving is a stupid, dangerous thing to do. Thank god he didn’t kill himself or somebody else. I

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    In other words, there’s cause for celebration in Phoenix! I wouldn’t think twice about it, dump the kid and his bloated contract.

  7. metrocritical - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Generally speaking, teams don’t cut players for smoking weed. They cut players for not showing a commitment to conditioning, for not showing sufficient focus or effort, for not avoiding trouble with the law and for not possessing the requisite level of smarts or judgment to stay out of trouble and/or putting the team in a compromised posture. Most people who smoke pot don’t drive high, put others at risk or have repeated brushes with the law. In fact, most don’t even have contact with the law at all. It is the morons and cretins that keep getting themselves in trouble and many of them play professional sports.

  8. 3xchamps - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    what a waste of talent

  9. kanemoney - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Prediction: he is china bound. What team in the NBA would touch this locker room rot?

  10. carussel88 - Aug 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Next stop: Miami heat…. Signed at the veteran minimum…. 10-12 mpg

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      hahaha the Heat were so happy to get rid of him. They would never take him back. He is so bad at basketball

    • thehawg - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      How about the Heat trading Joel Anthony to the Suns for Michael Beasley ?

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        that would be even more stupid, hawg. Anthony is cheaper, better, and doesn’t come with this arrest baggage.

  11. jdrennan49 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Is his actual salary spread out over five years, his cap hit spread out over five years, or both?

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Cap hit is spread out. The salary can be as well or paid out on a regular schedule, that has to be worked out with the player and agent.

  12. noleitup - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I dont have a problem with people smoking pot. its gonna be legal everywhere soon and people only kill mcdoubles and dorito tacos when using it. the problem is riding around and toking up at 1 in the morning. how stupid can you be.

  13. fnc111 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Next stop: locked up in jail.

  14. themanwithnogame - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    About time…

  15. transam7816 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    “When a great solution to a terrible move is just dropped in your lap, you don’t second guess it.”

    This. It’s time to step away and now is the perfect opportunity to do it quietly

  16. bigmizzax - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I heard the Atlanta Hawks would be interested in trading draft pick(s) in exchance for Beasley. They think they can develop him into a bit of a Josh Smith-type player in their system.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      my god that would be stupid. they just dumped stevenson, so it seems like they’re making smart moves. I doubt they pick up beasley.

  17. sportsfan18 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    Might be the best thing for him as this way he’ll be getting paid $1.8 million for the next 5 yrs instead of being completely broke 3 yrs from now…

  18. scottieplongballs - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Another loser goes down in flames or up in smoke.

  19. drgums - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    talent plus lazy plus stupid equals zero

  20. phreakin - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    thanks Lance Blanks! !

    • spursareold - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      One of the few faliures to come out of the Spurs coaching/front office pipeline. He was a terrible judge of talent even when he was back in SA. On his recommendation, they drafted Romaine Sato, who I believe never made it out of training camp.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        how did Lance blanks leave the spurs?

  21. whereyaat - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Prediction: one of the CA teams will pick him up. Nobody will care that he’s smoking pot.

  22. jabronikid - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Maybe Kevin Durant can change him, Thunder should be interested. The worst thing is that he may influence Kevin Durant to be retarded like him.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      What? Kevin Durant hasn’t been able to change Kendrick Perkins or Derek Fisher. When a player is horrible, and has been for years, he’s not going to miraculously see the light. And adding an awful player, who is way overpaid, just in hope that he may get better really flies in the face of thunder thinking. They traded Harden because they were scared of the salary cap. Now they’d made some stupid decisions that “forced” their hand, but avoiding the luxury tax factors pretty high in their thinking.

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