Timberwolves’ Malik Beasley charged with 5th-degree drug possession, threat of violence
Beasley was released from jail with no charges shortly thereafter, though charges have since been levied against him.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Beasley has been charged with fifth-degree drug possession and threat of violence for the events stemming from the initial arrest.
Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley is being charged with fifth-degree drug possession and threat of violence following a September 27 arrest at his Plymouth, Minnesota, residence, @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium learned.
Joint statement from his attorneys, Steve Haney and Ryan Pacyga: pic.twitter.com/Ia58ihWosv
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 29, 2020
According to the Plymouth police, someone at Beasley’s residence approached a stopped vehicle with a gun (h/t Chris Hine and Kim Hyatt of the Star Tribune):
While the car was stopped, a suspect came out, tapped on the window of the car and pointed a gun, telling them to get off the property. As the car drove away, the suspect held the gun up to his shoulder, pointing it at the car, the release said. Police are investigating the identity of the person who pointed the gun.
Officers then obtained a warrant to search the Timberwolves guard’s residence, reportedly finding guns and narcotics.
It remains to be seen how this case will impact Beasley’s market.
The 23-year-old will be a restricted free agent, and the Wolves previously were thought to be interested in re-signing him after he averaged 20.7 points in 14 games with the team last season.
Indeed, Beasley continued to show promise as a scoring guard upon receiving more playing time with the Timberwolves. He shot 42.6 percent from beyond the arc on big volume while also contributing 5.1 rebounds per game.
Beasley is certainly a player with tremendous upside. But these latest charges seem to complicate the situation just a bit.