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Posted June 30, 2012 - 08:16 PM

Mavericks Interested In Michael Beasley?

Mavs may have interested in unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley, league source says.


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Posted June 30, 2012 - 08:55 PM

These bastards want every player the Lakers are rumored to want. :censored:

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 09:10 PM


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Posted June 30, 2012 - 09:14 PM

agree with frank Grrr
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 02:00 AM

the lakers wanting beasley is probably the least important factor behind the mavs interest. beasley provides instant offense, and in the right situation with a coach that can keep him grounded, would be an amazing pick up for any team.

with that aside, [expletive] mark cuban and his [expletive] ass mavs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 10:30 PM

Suns Interested In Michael Beasley

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The Suns have not entered into the high-stakes bidding battle for Steve Nash because their basketball plan is taking them and their salary cap space elsewhere on the first day of free agency.

Nash's price tag could tie up most of the Suns' salary cap space. The Suns are prepared to use the available space elsewhere with President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, General Manager Lance Blanks and Coach Alvin Gentry meeting unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley Sunday in Los Angeles and restricted free agent Eric Gordon in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Beasley, the former No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, was considered a surefire talent coming out of Kansas State but was an inconsistent, oft-injured reserve small forward last season, averaging a career-low 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds for Minnesota. He is a popular teammate but gets character questions, especially after a marijuana arrest a year ago, an incident at the rookie transition program in 2008 and reports that Miami pushed him to enter a rehabilitation center in 2009. Surely, part of the Suns' visit is to better contemplate Beasley's fit in Phoenix, where the player support staff has been expanded in the past year.

When Beasley first arrived in Minnesota in a trade from Miami, he averaged 31 points for a six-game stretch but ankle injuries affected him for the remainder of that season. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound 23-year-old still averaged a career-high 19.2 points per game in 2010-11 and is a career 35.5 percent 3-point shooter.

The Suns have to aim big and take a risk for a franchise turnaround or remaking. At the time of the 2008 draft, there were NBA scouts who deemed Beasley as a Hall of Fame talent and put him ahead of top pick Derrick Rose. Beasley is only 23 and the Suns are placing a large emphasis on getting younger and more athletic. He has a versatile offensive game to shoot from the perimeter or score in the paint, making him a difficult matchup at his size. He progressed some defensively last season.

The Suns also have some interest in O.J. Mayo, the Memphis shooting guard who was drafted one pick after Beasley in 2008. Like Minnesota with Beasley, Memphis declined to make the qualifying offer to Mayo that would make him a restricted free agent. The Suns only have touched based with Mayo, who is out of the country.

While the Suns are in Los Angeles, they will also meeting with center Robin Lopez. While they reached out to all of their free agents, Lopez is the priority. The Suns are planning to match any offer sheet Lopez, a restricted free agent, signs with another team. He can negotiate with other teams as of last night but can't sign until July 11. The Suns would then have three days to decide on matching the offer.

On Tuesday, the Suns contingent will return home to host a visit from shooting guard Gordon, a 23-year-old restricted free agent. The Suns' interest in Gordon shows a willingness to move on for the long term and invest heavily in a younger player rather than in the short term for Nash.

The problem is that New Orleans, with new owner Tom Benson, is expected to match any offer that Gordon gets. The Suns could make the deal unattractive to match by front-loading it and show fans a willingness to spend on top talent. However, New Orleans cleared salary cap space last week by trading Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. Gordon's younger brother, Evan, is already in the Valley as a player at Arizona State.

Gordon is an undersized shooting guard at 6 feet 3 but has the ability to create his own shot and be an explosive top scorer. He averaged 18.2 points per game in four NBA seasons, although last season was limited to nine games due to a knee injury he suffered in the Suns' home opener.

The Suns also have set up visits from their former backup point guard, Goran Dragic, who became a standout for Houston this season after last year's trade form Phoenix, and Raymond Felton, a point guard who had success in New York in Mike D'Antoni's system but was whisked out of Portland.

The Suns are feeling out possibilities with other free agents like Jordan Hill, Jamal Crawford, Chris Kaman and Nick Young.




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Posted July 02, 2012 - 02:02 PM

Suns are going nowhere.


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