The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing back small forward Malik Beasley on a four-year deal worth $60 million.
Beasley was a restricted free agent and free to sign offer sheets with other teams, but it looks like he and the Timberwolves wanted to get a deal done quickly.
Restricted free agent Malik Beasley (@Mbeasy5) has agreed to a four-year, $60M deal to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agent Brian Jungreis told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
The Timberwolves acquired Malik Beasley from the Denver Nuggets during the 2019-20 season. The 23-year-old averaged 20.7 points in 14 games with the Timberwolves before the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19.
Beasley shot 47.2 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from beyond the arc 75.0 percent from the free-throw line with Minnesota.
The Timberwolves drafted Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft. The new Big 3 is now Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Edwards, with Beasley most likely being the fourth option on offense.
Beasley’s scoring, shooting and defensive abilities are pretty good and the Timberwolves couldn’t afford to lose him because he’s another young, developing player they can have under team control for a while. However, it’s worth mentioning that Beasley is being charged with fifth-degree drug possession and threats of violence.
The Timberwolves have only made the playoffs once since drafting Towns with the No. 1 overall pick back in 2015. The franchise is hoping KAT, Russell and Beasley can lead the team to the postseason in 2020-21, though it won’t be easy since the Western Conference is so rugged.