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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 at 3:10 pm  |  56 responses

Phoenix Suns Waive Michael Beasley (UPDATE)


UPDATE: The Phoenix Suns have it made it official — Michael Beasley is a goner. Via the press release: “The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “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. “We expect them to represent the team and the community in a positive manner both on and off the court.”

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It had become a foregone conclusion this summer that Michael Beasley’s time in Phoenix had come to an end. According to ESPN, the Suns will likely part ways with the 24-year old forward this week: “After clearing waivers, Beasley will become a free agent after averaging a career-low 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds on 40.5 percent shooting in his lone season with Phoenix. He played two seasons each with Miami and Minnesota before signing a three-year deal with Phoenix worth $18 million in the summer of 2012. The Suns’ recent trade of Caron Butler to Milwaukee created nearly $6 million in salary-cap space that they can use to soften the financial hit stemming from Beasley’s departure. By waiting until after Sept. 1 to waive Beasley, Phoenix can pay out the $6 million owed to the 24-year-old forward in 2013-14 on the NBA’s standard pay schedule and then stretch the remaining $3 million guaranteed on Beasley’s deal in 2014-15 over multiple seasons.”

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  • French Toast

    Time to play in Europe Mike!

  • The Philosopher

    Damn.

  • LakeShow

    **SHOCKING**

    I did NOT see this coming….

    Who will be their future superstar now?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Off to China. smh

  • Gary Crowhurst

    OKC should try and sign him on the cheap, I think he knows KD quite well.

    Would give them the option of playing big.

    Westbrook, Durant, Beasley, Perkins, Ibaka

  • shockexchange

    If you’re not putting up 20 & 10, you can’t afford to be a distraction.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    ahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahaha ahahahaha. That’s just what OKC needs
    &
    Sign Perk to the MAX

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Sooo… is dude the biggest bust in NBA history?
    I mean Kwame is still in the L

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Mini LeBron
    or
    Lebron Jnr (how ya like me now @Shock?)

  • underdog

    Or to the Bobcats, knowing their GM…

  • spit hot fiyah

    is this supposed to be news? nbk told us weeks ago

  • hoodsnake

    KD will ask Thunder management to make a run for him me thinks

  • berkamore

    That’s was my first reaction when I read the press release talking about “highest standards…”. Now if he doubled his scoring and rebounding averages, how high would those standards be really?

    But anyway, you always should have a ballpark idea where you are in the pecking order, then you can pretty much guess what you can get away with.

    But as I understand it, Beasley will still get his money so it not that bad…….

  • IDK

    Tired of people saying that OKC needs to add so and so. They don’t have any money to sign anyone. Cannot wait until Perkins is off the books. And Fisher is in retirement.

  • shockexchange

    By “highest standards …” the Suns meant common sense. If you’re not putting up 20 & 10, then you can’t be a distraction < —– common sense.

  • Gary Crowhurst

    Glad I’m not the only 1 who thinks this!

  • Ugh

    Not even close.

  • Yknot

    he was only trying to find his “highest” standard!

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Hope he gets his life together. Forget him being a bust. Forget people saying the Bulls made a mistake not taking him over Rose with the no. 1 pick. Forget basketball altogether. He needs to fix his issues before a team even thinks about giving him a tryout. He’s close with Kevin Durant, but no man can solve his problem for him.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    1 of 2 things would happen with that lineup
    1)would either give up 1,000 points a game
    OR
    2) Ibaka would average 9 blocks!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Thats what he said… then he probably rolled something

  • sammyb96

    As a die hard Suns fan it is hard for me to see how the Suns have fallen from the upper echelon of the NBA since the Nash era ended. However, getting rid of Beasley and signing Bledsoe is a step in the right direction. Hopefully the 2014 lottery is kind to the Suns.

  • LakeShow

    Happen’s to every team my man, keep your head up.

    The Sun’s have some great young (fun to watch) pieces.

    Enjoy watching the growth!

  • CzechMate

    What does his career and braids have in common? They both have no hang time.
    thank you

  • The Philosopher

    I can make some good money off of the Suns.
    Teams should cover spread on them easily and regularly.

  • FaFaFooHi

    They couldn’t trade him for something/anything??? Wow, his stock must be super low for them to pay him to NOT play for them!

  • str8 from samoa

    dont forget OKC have Steven Adams now. so bye bye to Perkins haha

  • Vato

    Is Ibaka gonna block his own teammate?

  • Vato

    is that a bad thing?

  • Saleem Rainman

    Why not? Dude was drafted behind Rose and before guys like westbrook and love, who did Kwame get drafted before? I’ll wait. Cuz it was a blunder by MJ, it got magnified a lot more.

  • bigA

    Forget Basketball altogether? Way to sound dramatic.
    It does seem lazyness is his biggest enemy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Sihuga Green……. Considering he was picked before Bill Russell

  • brothasdontsurf

    He’ll sign for the min. with the Nugs

  • house

    What a dumbass. For all his talent he lacks personal discipline and is pro at making bad decisions. He did it to himself.

  • King David

    Hasheem Thabeet !!!

  • Candlewood Jay

    “Highest” standards? Get it?

  • i_ball

    He should go to team full of veterans but I doubt those teams would want him

  • Mike From Spain

    Maybe in an Amsterdam-based team

  • Mike From Spain

    I read somewhere that he’s got ADD, and he took Adderal in college, where he was really good. But Adderal is more or less straight up speed, so it is banned in the NBA.

  • Mike From Spain

    Lamar Odom and Beasley to the Lakers

  • Mike From Spain

    Dude has ADD, he used to take Adderal, which is banned in the NBA. Maybe this is related to his on court woes, which translated to off court problems due to lack of self esteem … I am just speculating

  • shockexchange

    Ha Ha

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Its not even close. Kwame not only did not produce, he just flat out bombed.

    At least Beasley put in some decent numbers (including a 19 ppg season); Kwame not only sucked, but had the petrified personality and stories to match it. Beasley’s problem wasn’t skill, it was attitude and maturity. Kwame’s problem was actual skill and confidence.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    He’s been in retirement since 2009.

  • Just Sayin

    Sadly this is the Micheal Beasley I remember and his days of dominating the Big-10.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znxwlkye9sI

  • ratguts

    adderal is banned in the nba? i think you might be on to something here.

  • Mike From Spain

    This is all hearsay and speculation, I have been googling for this rumour and I cannot find it… maybe it was a figment of my imagination :(

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kwame Brown has been a better NBA player than Michael Beasley……. http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&p1=beaslmi01&y1=2013&p2=brownkw01&y2=2013
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    Don’t let draft position screw with your perception. Kwame Brown has been an NBA player for 12 years. And he’s always been an above average to good defensive player.
    .
    Michael Beasley had one good season in terms of scoring. But he has never helped his team in any way shape or form. I would much rather have had Kwame Brown for the last 12 years, than Michael Beasley for the last 5.

  • slamfan4life

    Bulls….pick him up…….

  • Saleem Rainman

    Thank you.

  • bike

    Hope Shabazz takes note. This is what happens when you flunk out of Rookie Orientation.

  • Ugh

    Seriously?

    Michael Olowakandi.
    Dark Milicic.

    Neither of these players are “biggest busts in history”, but they were bigger busts than Beasley. End of discussion.

  • Ugh

    Actually, you could throw Kent Benson in there with Kwame – #1 pick in front of Otis Birdsong, Bernard King, Norm Nixon and Jack Sikma. Not a strong draft year, but Benson averaged just 9 and 5 over his career as a centre.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Actually it came from a USA Today article where his mom mentioned that as what people in her neighborhood suspected as “wrong” with Michael Beasley growing up

  • patrick

    what is this crap? marijuana should be legal..if he had been playing in california (ie. sacramento), he could have gotten his card and then would have had that cover for himself

  • Saleem Rainman

    i dont think he the biggest bust, just arguing that he’s a bigger bust than kwame. But kwame the only person anyone ever talks about. And its getting old real quick.

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