Phoenix Suns Must Turn Michael Beasley into Trade Chip

November 27th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
There wasn't a more fitting move for a Phoenix Suns franchise shrouded in question marks after the offseason departure of Steve Nash than bringing in one of the league's greatest enigmas, Michael Beasley.

The second overall pick of the 2008 draft, Beasley has wrapped bone-headed decisions and lapses of focus around brief glimpses of his potential. He doesn't seem to grasp the talent that he's been gifted, or at least doesn't understand defensive and offensive sets well enough to use those talents within a team setting.

Given his talent level, the three-year, $18 million contract he signed with Phoenix this summer seemed a near bargain. But considering how often—or rather how rarely—he's played up to his talents, it seemed like a Charles Barkley-esque $18 million roll of the dice.

Perhaps Phoenix assumed their ability to resurrect the careers of oft-injured NBA veterans would extend to helping Beasley rediscover the abilities that earned him an early draft choice in the first place. If the season's first 14 games are any indication, however, then the Suns gambled on Beasley and lost big time.

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