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Suns make the expected official, waive Michael Beasley

Sep 3, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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We’ve been telling you this was coming.

Not long after Michael Beasley’s latest arrest for marijuana possession, our own Brett Pollakoff laid out how the Suns could use the stretch provision to lessen their hit in letting Beasley go. Then as part of the recent Caron Butler trade we told you that cleared out just shy of $6 million in cap space, again lessening the hit if the Suns let Beasley go. There have been a lot of reports that owner Robert Sarver had just had enough and wanted to cut ties.

Now it is official — the Suns have waived Michael Beasley. This was a mutual decision as Beasley took a $7 million buyout ($2 million off what he was owed) to make the deal happen.

“The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in a statement released by the team. “However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. Today’s action reflects our commitment to those standards. The timing and nature of this, and all of our transactions, are based on the judgment of our Basketball leadership as to how best to achieve our singular goal of rebuilding an elite team.”

“We have high standards for all of our players,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough in the same statement. “We expect them to represent the team and the community in a positive manner both on and off the court.”

Marc Stein at ESPN had reported minutes before this was coming.

The Phoenix Suns are planning to release Beasley in the wake of his recent arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession, sources told, and are likely to officially make the move this week….

Beasley is now on waivers. There is zero chance a team will pick him up and take on his full salary for next season.

After he clears waivers he becomes a free agent. The question the is if team take a chance on him?

While in the past he has shown he could put the ball in the basket — he scored 19.2 points a game for the Timberwolves two seasons ago, but he was a volume shooting needing 17.1 attempts a game to get there — however in his last two seasons his game has regressed. He has had what success he did have running a lot of isolation (and even then he takes tough shots) but when asked to play within a team system he struggled. And his defense can best be described as indifferent.

You can say there is talent hidden away in him, but can anybody really get it out. A desperate team might be willing to take a risk, but a lot of GMs are going to be hesitant for chemistry reasons.

  1. spthegr8 - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Nah, Beasley released himself. With his STUPID, bone headed off the court decisions.

    • homieshome - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      Dude, the NBA isn’t going soft, its the FANS who are going soft. The kid is only 24 years old, back in 90s players alot older than him were alot worse than him. He just needs to join the right professionaly matureism team to help guide him, and he needs to realize it might be his last chance if he doesnt wise up. If that goes well, he can be a nice abench addition to a good team. That’s it, move on and leave him alone/. Go Knicks

  2. dirtydavis - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I really hope no one claims this clown off waiver so the Lakers could sign him. Lakers need help pretty bad

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      This is the last player the Lakers need to sign. I would be pretty upset if they did.

      • bobulated - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Although the highlights of Kobe verbally abusing and constantly glaring at Michael as Beasley sulked around the court would be highly entertaining to all non-Lakers fans.

      • dirtydavis - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Last player Lakers need to (re) sign is Kwame and Smush Parker. Beasley would be a major upgrade. Maybe he can learn from the Great KB24 in how to proceed. This kid is all right. What’s wrong with smoking weed? Sure this guy is head case but it is something that can be control. We’re not talking about Delonte West or Stephen Jackson here

      • casualcommenter - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Unlikely. You Lakers fans went from bragging that Dwight Howard made the Lakers championship favorites a year ago to hilariously claiming your franchise was better off without him after he left.

        Given that you all change your mind about a player based solely on whether or not he’s on your roster, I’m sure that if the Lakers were to sign Beasley, you would minimize his obvious flaws and switch to talking about how good he is pretty quickly.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Anyone who says the Lakers are better off without Howard is wrong, just like the people like you who say that the Lakers will never recover from Howard leaving are wrong.

        Teams are bigger than one player. The Lakers will be fine without Howard. That is different than them being better (immediately) without him.

        Beasley is not the kind of player we need. He does not provide anything we need. We already signed a player that brings the same skillset as him earlier this year in Nick Young. I would not change my mind about him if he were on the Lakers, and I don’t think most Lakers fans would either.

      • kingwithringz - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        @dirty davis
        You think Stephen Jackson is more tumultuous than Beas? Stephen Jackson won a championship withrhe Spurs Iin his rookie year.

      • money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        i love hen people make the comments:

        “You Lakers fans went from bragging that Dwight Howard made the Lakers championship favorites a year ago to hilariously claiming your franchise was better off without him after he left.”

        yes, lakers fans were happy upon his arrival. and it’s not a contradiction for some to say they are better off. not in the slightest. did u see how the year went? too many clashes, not just with the coach, but dwight off set another good big man, skilled big man in pau gasol. no chemistry formed between him and the team’s best player in kobe. lakers fans before the season did not anticipate that. if there WAS chemistry, and if he and pau DID gel, then yes, it would be “hilarious” for fans to say they are better off.

        however, as tumultuous as the season went with him in LA, why doesn’t it make sense for some fans to say, good riddance?

      • money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        someone could hook you up with katy perry, and you’d be real excited, probably brag to people you’re dating a star, cute girl, so on and so on….

        but after you find out she’s insane, or steals your phone, or hits you, or smells bad, or doesn’t shave enough, or doesn’t act like a lady, and argues and complains, and then she leaves you for a hollywood star…you wouldn’t say, hey, you’re better off? you’re not allowed to say that because before you got into the relationship you were so excited?

        just think about that.

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

        @ money2long

        As usual, your comments do not disapoint. Exactly. Love the 2nd comment/analogy.

    • adoombray - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      HAHAHAHA. Yes, PLEASE sign Beasley Lakers. That’s the dude you guys need right there. PLEASE.

      -signed, a Suns fan who was at both of the Lakers losses here in Phoenix last year

      • dirtydavis - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Sun’s Fan? You’re a suns fan?!?!?


      • adoombray - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Suns fans stay loyal even in the bad years. So do Clipper fans. Laker kids will be wearing Heat Jerseys by Christmas.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        I want to believe in Beasley, he was a fun player to watch in college and had a seemingly quirky personality. But three teams have given up on him now- unceremoniously each time. At some point you have to question if this guy will ever get it. If Beas couldn’t get it when he was surrounded by players/executives like Dwayne Wade and Rick Adelman, you have to question if he ever will. I understand the Suns had a tumultous season last year as I’m sure you can speak to, but I just think it’s more the player and less the environment in this case and I think you’d probably agree.

      • whereyaat - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Suns fans don’t stay loyal over the years. As a Lakers fan who lived in Arizona, I met countless Kings fans between 1998-2002. Funny, they became Suns fans a few years later, but these days they don’t watch much basketball anymore.

      • adoombray - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        @whereyaat: so you had a couple of friends who cheered on the kings 10 years ago so that means that Suns fans aren’t loyal now? Suns fans always cheer against the Lakers. The team was 23rd in attendance, ahead of 3 playoff teams, despite paying league high beer prices). we showed up last year to watch a 25 win team and we’ll show up again this year. Moves like dumping Beasley are why. Management knows how important the team is to this city and doesn’t put production ahead of respectability.

        Phoenix is one of the best cities in the league for basketball on Lakers days. BEAT LA!

      • muhangis - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:49 AM

        Suns are the worst team in the west. What you got to laugh or smile about? You guys can’t win no matter what good talent is handed to you.

        Beasley went to an organization that is in utter disarray and complete failure. You got a front office and coaches there that have no idea what they’re doing.

  3. lenbias34pt - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Classic case of a kid who had AAU coaches and ‘friends’ doing all they could to get him to the league as soon as possible. When what the kid needed was a coach who would teach him life lessons for YEARS.
    Now what we have is a child in a man’s body who will be a weight on society in 4, 3 , 2……….

    Love to see a journalist look at every kid who left school after 1 college season and review how their life has turned out.
    Perhaps just a look at how many lottery bust we had in each decade.

    It’s not that these kids dont’ make millions it’s that they could have done so much more. If you are born with a lottery ticket, the week you cash in shouldn’t be the peak of your life.

  4. bougin89 - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Somebody should claim this scoring machine on waivers. He’s got too much potential!

    /sarcasm font

    • skinsfanwill - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      This guy is bipolar. He can’t even help stupid as hell.

      • bougin89 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Not sure if you are calling me Bipolar or not. What I know is I’ve been unwavering in my stance that Beasley is NOT a good basketball player(and that is putting it nicely).

  5. skinsfanwill - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I’d sign Royce White if my team was in Siberia before I sign this dude.

  6. mariokrt642003 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    He’s got some offensive talent but he thinks he is better than he actually is….a bit of a knuclehead..

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      he has no offensive talent. that’s why he’s really bad at offense.

      • muhangis - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:53 AM

        His numbers show he has good offensive talent. I stay analyzing basketball statistics. And Beasley has always put up better than average production, even in his worst season – last year.

      • homieshome - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        Really Adams? LOL god damn, are all of you like just pathetic losers who have terrible lives that you all have to sit here and criticscize / lie about people to feel better? I saw him play twice at the Garden, dont tell me this 24 year old kid cant play ball, regardaless of smoking pot here and there. NBA fans are going soft

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 6, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        ok. congrats. you went to a couple NBA games and saw this guy play. I’ll concede he’s better than 99.9% of people at basketball. Relative to NBA players, he royally sucks. I wish I was paid half as much as he was, especially if I could just get stoned and be one of the worst in my field.

        But seriously, outside of him being able to “ball,” what evidence is there that this guy is good at offense. He cannot shoot, he cannot pass, he doesn’t grab offensive rebounds. Is he an exceptional screen setter? I assume he serves as an example of what NOT to do, making his teammates more efficient.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:14 AM

        well muhangis… you’re really bad at analyzing stats. He cannot shoot AT ALL, grabbed very few offensive rebounds, passed about average while turning it over A TON, all the while hardly ever getting to the free throw line. Good job with that analysis, though. Forgive me if I think you’re a goofball.

  7. kingwithringz - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Back 2 MIAMI

  8. adoombray - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    This news is so amazing. I couldn’t be happier. I was so sad when the Suns signed him because I watched a lot of Timberwolves games the last few years (Kevin Love and Rubio are two of my favorite players) and I knew he was a bum.

    He can’t control himself. 3 arrests in the last 6 months. It’s not about the Marijuana itself, it’s about a self-destructive personality burning bridges with 3 different teams. I hope for his sake he can get help, but he was an embarassment to the Suns and a terror to Scottsdale Road, which is the “slightly older than the college crowd, but still a really good time” bar district here in Phoenix.

  9. shanelsweet - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    He gets a $7 million settlement from the Suns as a parting gift.

  10. hildezero - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    What’s funny of being a Suns fan? It’s better than being an arrogant Lakers fan. Lmfao!

  11. usm418 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I don’t get it. These guys know what’s in the collective bargaining agreement and the reality of the salary cap. Is smoking weed more important than your income flow? Just dumb.

    • money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      know what to expect when you :

      stick a rat in a snake cage
      put a gun in a psycho’s hand
      stick a million dollars in a pothead’s bank account

  12. knicksmets - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    He should go to the Spurs, Popovich, Duncan and Parker could try and keep him on the right path and hopefully help him reach his potential. If he is not good or does something stupid they could cut him without a second thought because they have Leonard

    • money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      tim duncan would almost certainly simultaneously file for retirement.

    • illegalblues - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      there’s a reason the spurs are so successful. they don’t have anything to do with boneheads like beas.

      • svupper - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Didnt they sign S-Jax and had to waive him for “unknown reason” 😀

      • illegalblues - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        S-Jax was pretty much part of a salary dump via jefferson. don’t think they were really counting on him for anything other than coming off the books

  13. fmlizard - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Most of the association smokes and the GMs know this. Lots of very productive players too. When you have been caught before and your rebuilding team needs an excuse to dump salary and guys who aren’t part of the solution, it becomes a convenient excuse.

    It wasn’t weed. If B-easy has a starter’s PER, he doesn’t get cut.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      Look at it this way: You and I know probably know a lot of people that drink beer. But only a handful of them let that drinking start to control and damage other parts of their life, drinking is recreational for them. Same here.

  14. hildezero - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Out of all the sports fans in Arizona, Suns fans are the most loyal. It’s amazing how they’re are so much Suns fans in the valley and are so loyal.

  15. legend30 - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    He’s needs to play for a team like Heat and Spurs. A team with bunch of veterans and leaders, but the right thing for him is to go to rehab for a year. The bad news is he won’t do this because it make makes too much sense for him to understand.

  16. mickdamill - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Christmas came early in Phx this year.

  17. money2long - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    if he clears waivers, don’t be surprised if the thunder pick him up.
    just saying guys.

    • dls612 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      I don’t think he’s worth the trouble! It’s obvious he don’t care or think he can’t be black-balled from the NBA ,Jr Rider found that out! I mean how much can he help a team when his work ethic sucks, troublesome, won’t commit to his own career! Honestly if he never played in the NBA from this point on nobody or most people won’t notice!

  18. pakmann69 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    What an effing idiot this guy is, you would think after being kicked out of the Rookie Camp for getting busted smoking weed, booted from Miami for the identical reason in addition to a piss poor work ethic and getting bounce from Minnesota and now Phoenix again for the identical reasons, this guy would learn something…. It’s not like Michael Beasley came from an upper middle class family, so having the opportunity to make Millions of Dollars so that 3/4 generations of family can reap the benefit of that.. to pissing it all away for some damn weed…is so effing ridiculous….

    He will be piss poor broke in 5 yrs..

    These young players have the opportunity of a Lifetime and to know that a good portion of them have blown it or are in the process of blowing it, is foolish.. but yet they claim they know the history of the game… then they should also know that the game is bigger than you and what you do off the court can and will grossly affect what you do on the court.. All they have to do is look at previous players(history of the game)

  19. hildezero - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM


    That’s what I was gonna say. Whereyaat blames Kings fans for Suns fans not being loyal? What?! XD Typical ignorant Lakers fan.

  20. northstarnic - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Been smoking for 20+ years. Not once have I been busted for it. Guess Beasley is just unlucky.

    • antistratfordian - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      You are probably not a young black male driving around affluent neighborhoods in expensive cars. So you probably don’t get pulled over nearly as often.

      Weed didn’t get Beasley kicked off the team. Racial profiling did. Yeah, I said it.

      • longtallsam - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Way to go, antistratfordian. That was a real smart comment! Racial profiling, my ass! There probably are a lot of pot smokers in the NBA. But Beasley is probably one of the few that would rather smoke pot than improve his game. Once he got 10-15 million in his pocket, he no longer had any motivation. Some have it, some don’t. He had the talent to be at least an above average player. But he would rather hang with the boyz, smoking that weed.

      • adoombray - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        Scottsdale is the wealthy part of town on Phoenix’s East Side. we have a saying out here, calling people “30,000 dollar millionaires”. In other words, there plenty of people driving their expensive cars they can afford due to cheap cost of living way too fast in the place Donovan McNabb and DMX often watch playoff games at. Having a nice car and being young with money is hardly something that stands out there. Scottsdale is also known as either the top or right below top place to catch a DUI, because the cops have nothing better to do, and it’s the number 2 vacation spot in the country behind NYC, and will jack you for any reason at all to protect the “Snobbsdale” image. Beasley would have known this because I imagine it was the first thing management told him when he came to town.

        His speeding is what got him caught. The pot was a throw in charge. (Note: Arizona has medical marijuana and while it’s not quite San Francisco yet there is a VERY tolerant attitude to its use out here with clinics springing up everywhere)

      • ryanrockzzz - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

        Or he could have just not smoked… when he got pulled over he wasn’t doing anything that is against the law. But that would be following the rules.

  21. tomtravis76 - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    You can’t fix stupid, but he has so much natural ability on the court. Wishful hoping for a guy who clearly doesn’t deserve it with so many opportunities( maybe being forced into finding a job will set him straight once he blows all of the money), but if the wizards could land him on the cheap on a one year deal, maybe being back home, around familiar people, a familiar environment in which someone can help keep him in line off the court will get his career on the court back on track.

  22. chicagofan - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Devil’s advocate view– it is only weed and not coke, oxycontin, Percocet, heroin, crystal meth etc. The problem is you have to be pretty stupid to get busted for Marijuana one time. He unfortunately is irresponsible and immature but could be valuable on the right team and I would give him another chance.

  23. svupper - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    He will most likely get pick up by Philly, they’re in rebuild mode anyway and need to sign players to get over the mimimum, so if they get just a tiny bit of that massive talent he got, thats a win and if they dont, he’s just filling out the roster.. IMO it seem like the most logical move right now..

    • ryanrockzzz - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Philly won’t sign him in a million years. They have all year to meet the minimum salary floor, and even if they don’t meet it, it’s not the end of the world.

  24. hildezero - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:04 AM


    I doubt that he was targeted by racial profiling, because just look at Mark Grace. He’s white. But I think he was arrested for DUI.

    • svupper - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Didnt Jason Kidd also get arrested for DUI in 2012..

  25. delusionalcardsfan - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Good riddance to Mr. Beasley. If you can’t put the ganja down for $9 million a year, you’re too stupid to live.

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