The Minnesota Timberwolves have opened NBA free agency by signing Malik Beasley to a fresh 4-year deal worth a total of $60 million ($15M/year). Next week, he will turn 24 years old and his 2019 season was his best.
After being traded from Denver to Minneapolis, Beasley’s minutes nearly doubled and he blossomed because of it. His 20 points and 5 rebounds per game (with a .426 knockdown percentage from three) sent him into the offseason as a top priority for Gersson Rosas.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Gersson Rosas, other Timberwolves executives and players alike have all stood behind Malik, even as his legal situation spiraled downward with every news report that dropped this offseason.
- “RECEIVING AND CONCEALING STOLEN PROPERTY” IS A FELONY WEAPONS CHARGE AGAINST MALIK BEASLEY
- CHARGES SAY BEASLEY POINTED RIFLE AT A FAMILY NOT ON HIS PROPERTY; WIFE IS FALL-GAL FOR 30 OZ. OF POT
- HENNEPIN COUNTY FILES FOR PROTECTION OF MALIK BEASLEY’S YOUNG SON
Still, all reports lead toward the Wolves standing by the Florida State alum. ‘Family members don’t quit on each other when times get tough’, is the stance they took. We’ll find out how well that works out over the next 4 years. Paying Beasley $15 million per year will look like a steal, if this all blows over and is forgotten by time.
The Timberwolves have been supportive of Malik Beasley throughout his legal situation. This deal is a big show of faith that they believe in him.— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) November 21, 2020
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan