Timberwolves make Malik Beasley available in a trade, Knicks are interested
The Minnesota Timberwolves have made guard Malik Beasley available in discussions, and the New York Knicks are one of several interested teams, according to sources. He averaged 20 after being traded from Denver to Minnesota last season
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Beasley showed promise in Denver, but was not able to see a ton of playing time because of the Nuggets’ crowded backcourt. But he flourished in a brief stint with the Timberwolves, averaging 20.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 14 games while also shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc on 8.2 attempts per game.
However, the 23-year-old has also had recent run-ins with the law.
Beasley was charged with felony threats of violence and fifth-degree drug possession back in October after he reportedly pointed an assault rifle at a family touring home in his neighborhood. His first court summons was scheduled for Thursday.
The legal issue could be a reason the Timberwolves are looking to trade Beasley. However, their personnel has also changed quite a bit.
Minnesota acquired veteran point guard Ricky Rubio on Wednesday night before selecting Georgia’s Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick. Given D’Angelo Russell is also in the backcourt, there might not be a ton of room for Beasley, anyway.
There is plenty of room in New York, however, where the Knicks could use Beasley’s scoring and perimeter shooting from either guard spot.
It remains to be seen what the Timberwolves are looking for in return, especially given the uncertainties surrounding Beasley’s case in court.
In any case, the Knicks are interested in bringing Beasley to the Big Apple.