Denver made ‘very aggressive’ attempt to sign Malik Beasley to contract extension
Beasley will become a restricted free agent next summer once the Nuggets offer him a qualifying offer:
Despite a “very aggressive” attempt by the Nuggets, according to a league source, to reach a deal with Beasley ahead of the Oct. 21 deadline, the fourth-year shooting guard will play this season without his next contract in hand. What he might command in restricted free agency and whether the Nuggets would be willing to match any offers, is up to him.
“I put in a lot of work, I’m confident,” Beasley said. “I don’t see it as (a gamble), I just see it as I’m out there to play and do my job and do that every night and take it the same way.
“It was great talks from both parties and just couldn’t figure something out,” Beasley said in his first public comments about the negotiations. “It doesn’t hurt my relationship with them, it doesn’t hurt anything on the court.”
Last season for the Nuggets, Beasley averaged 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 81 games while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line. He will make $2.7 million in 2019-20 under his current contract.