Posted September 03, 2013

Suns release Michael Beasley, citing ‘personal and professional conduct standards’

Ben Golliver, Lance Blanks, Lon Babby, Michael Beasley, Phoenix Suns, Ryan McDonough
Michael Beasley (left) has been released by the Suns. (Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images Sport)

Michael Beasley (left) has been released by the Suns. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Sport)

The Suns announced Tuesday the release of forward Michael Beasley, who spent just one troubled season in Phoenix.

Beasley, 24, was waived less than 14 months after he signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns. He was set to make $6 million in 2013-14 and $6.3 million in 2014-15, although only $3 million was guaranteed. In a statement, the Suns said they had reached a “termination agreement” with Beasley that “reduced” the compensation owed to Beasley and “increased” the team’s salary cap space over the next two seasons. The Associated Press reports that the agreement will cost the Suns $7 million.

It appears that a series of off-court incidents finally caught up to Beasley, the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, even though he promised to reform his behavior when he arrived in the desert last summer.

“The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” Suns president Lon Babby said in a statement. “However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. Today’s action reflects our commitment to those standards. The timing and nature of this, and all of our transactions, are based on the judgment of our Basketball leadership as to how best to achieve our singular goal of rebuilding an elite team.”

Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession in August, which marked the third time during his tenure in Phoenix that he had found himself in hot water. In May, it was reported that Beasley was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault. (Beasley has not been charged but the case is still open, according to the Arizona Republic.) In February, news broke that Beasley was cited on Jan. 25 for multiple driving violations for driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone at 1:10 a.m. in a Mercedes that did not have a license plate. Beasley was driving on a suspended license and a loaded gun was found in the vehicle. Suns management did not discipline Beasley after the incident.

“We have high standards for all of our players,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough, who was hired earlier this summer, said in a statement. “We expect them to represent the team and the community in a positive manner both on and off the court.”

Michael Beasley was arrested on marijuana charges in August. (Scottsdale Police)

It has been a long and rocky road since Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft after earning Big 12 Player of the Year honors during his one season at Kansas State. Before playing his first game for the Heat, Beasley was fined $50,000 for his role in a marijuana-related incident at the Rookie Transition Program. He spent time in a substance abuse treatment center in 2009 before the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves after just two seasons.

Upon acquiring Beasley, then Timberwolves president David Kahn called him “a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana” before he arrived in Minnesota. Beasley was later pulled over for speeding and cited for marijuana possession by Minnesota police during the 2011 lockout. He also shoved a fan in the face during a lockout exhibition game in New York and sued his former AAU coach, alleging that he had received improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.

When he was introduced by then Suns GM Lance Blanks last summer, Beasley claimed that he was a changed man.

“I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy,” Beasley said, according to the Associated Press“I’m confident to say that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”

Beasley averaged 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 40.5 percent for the Suns, who finished 25-57, the worst record in the Western Conference.

The Suns parted ways with Blanks in April and hired a new coach, Jeff Hornacek, in May.

Photo via Scottsdale Police

45 comments
MaxPrime
MaxPrime

Put Beasley on anti depressants and call it a day!

MaxPrime
MaxPrime

I agree with MisterLakers...bring him to the Lakers.  Maybe we can get him for a couple baggy's of kush per week.  

MaxPrime
MaxPrime

Anyone that smokes weed as much as he does obviously is suffering from major depression problems.   Send him to a shrink than maybe he'll see things more clearly.  I won't be surprised if he ends up offing himself.

MisterLakers
MisterLakers

I hope this kid gets his Act together because really there isn't Anyone feeling sorry for him. 

mike11machine
mike11machine

He was driving 71 mph in a 45 mph zone in a car with no license plate.   Something tells me he still thinks he was pulled over for "driving while black."

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Miami better get off their butts and bring there native son home, he would be an excellent fit off the bench and Miami could give Mike half the year to get right if he needs to.,

Its all about playing your best at payoff time in Miami... A memo Bosh has yet to receive. If Mike signs anywhere other than a few top teams like the Spurs, he will be back in the same mess because more will be asked of him.

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

Overseas basketball and more trouble awaits this guy.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

If he would of been with any other team besides Phoenix it would of been a minor issue. Arizona is more like a third world country than anything else. The sheriff out there is at best corrupt,racist,etc etc. Beasley will be with another team shortly and will be much better off. 

Marchoir
Marchoir

When you look into the eyes of Michael Beasley, you see pure ignorance.

OK
OK

But I betcha Beez be enjoyin' some righteous weed. Ain't nobody gonna dis Beez. Ain't nobody gonna keep Beez from his weed.

MyDogWally
MyDogWally

I couldn't care less if he smokes pot, and I suspect the Phoenix Suns don't care either.  What they likely DO care about is his getting behind the wheel of a car and endangering lives, then getting arrested for it.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Start a growing op, or start growing up.  You're choice, Beasley.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

Couldnt possibly care less. Would rather him smoke pot than drink alcohol and other drugs that are horrible for your body and pot is not. Some team is going to pick him up for peanuts and serve them well.

stashu
stashu

Sadly, as a Timberwolves fan I could see this coming a couple miles away.

What a tragedy for this young man.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Sad, pot head gets million dollar settlement for doing pot.  Another self entitled kid. Guess his parents are proud...oh wait, what parents

cjjohnstad
cjjohnstad

It's great when  teams  seem to value the character of employees as well as talent

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

Can we just all agree that this here boy is stupid!?

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

The $3 million guaranteed should be enough for a couple of months of partying.

BKIsles
BKIsles

The guy loves marijuana so much, maybe the Nuggets can sign him.


JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@MisterLakers Thats what i am hoping. those stats? Only 24? Kobe smacking him upside the head? YES PLEASE!!!

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@Cinti-fan He will be in the NBA in the upcoming season. Thats a fact. He is about a double double guy and he is only 24 years old. Stop talking about things you have no clue about. And stop acting like pot is some evil thing. States all over the country are beginning to legalize it. Spare me.

mephistoaz
mephistoaz

You got that right, not like he didnt suck with two other teams 1st

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Heath_Bell_Experience Sure - the world would be such a better place if everyone was high... Thanks for the chuckle - I get a big kick out of the delusions of pot smokers...

casualumberjack
casualumberjack

@JoelAmaro I agree with @Joebuckster . It's not about the weed, it's the fact he can't take the game seriously. I think the only teams left for Beasley are ones with a very strong core, where the maturity around him can improve his mentality (e.g. Spurs, Heat).

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@JoelAmaro Yeah right, make it an 'herb' issue. It's a character issue, and good for the Suns. There are lots of players who take their lives and careers as professional athletes seriously. Btw, weed isn't very good for the lungs, and there seems to be plenty of running in basketball in case you didn't notice...

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@WHO*IS*ESPN No, he got paid millions because is a good basketball player who signed a contract. Im sorry you dont work at a job that requires you to sign a contract so you clearly dont know how they work.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@cjjohnstad they didnt value "character". They knew they had a young team with no leaders. 

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@NoQNoSuperBowl Yeah, because marijuana is expensive. lol Hel of a lot cheaper than good alcohol and less harmful to your body.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@mephistoazBeasley sucked with two other teams? Dont watch basketball do you? HAHAHA!! 14 ppg? 5 rebounds? 1.5 assists? For a career? And he is only 24?HaHaHa!!! Good defender and doesnt pick up lots of fouls? 

In his last full season he was 19ppg 6rpg 2 apg.. HAHAHAHA!!! Yeah, he sucked. You know little about basketball. HAHAHA!!! Oh shiz.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@Joebuckster @Heath_Bell_Experience Dopes like you dont make me chuckle. Because your ignorance knows no equal and it makes me sad. Much rather have everyone on pot than alcohol and/or booze. Both are more harmful to health and society than pot and those are also facts.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@Joebuckster @JoelAmaro Stop talking about things that you clearly know NOTHING about. Weed is not bad for the lungs and recent studies prove that. Furthermore weed didnt seem to hurt one of the greatest basketball players ever Robert "The chief" Parrish who was called the "Chief" because he chiefed more weed than Bob Marley. MAny NBA players smoke weed in the NBA. Just incase you didnt know marijuana is not tested for in the NBA.

garylornashore
garylornashore

@JoelAmaro @NoQNoSuperBowl why does everything have to be turned into a marijuana debate, if he's a role model and its part of his work criteria not to be on illegal drugs then yeah he should be fired... not even paid. Who cares what drugs do and how harmful, act mature and professional its people like you who try to make an excuse for every bad mistake they make.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@mephistoaz @JoelAmaro Yeah, put him on a team where he isnt a focal point. When he is on a crappy team he was doing that against double teams. So my point still stands. You dont know jack about basketball. At 24 Beasley is a good player with much potential and you can bet he will be picked up shortly.

mephistoaz
mephistoaz

@JoelAmaro@mephistoaz

Beasley sucked with two other teams? yes.

Dont watch basketball do you? I do.

 HAHAHA!! not so much.

 14 ppg? 5 rebounds? 1.5 assists? For a career? And he is only 24?HaHaHa!!! OK.

 Good defender and doesnt pick up lots of fouls?  Like Steve Nash didnt pick up alot of fouls too.

His last "full season' was 10ppg 4reb and 1.5apg and 2 TO a game. On a crappy team.

JoelAmaro
JoelAmaro

@garylornashore @JoelAmaro @NoQNoSuperBowl He is NOT a role model. that is NOT his job. Its a PARENTS job to be a rolemodel to your kids. I only care that he got arrested because the NBA doesnt test for weed. Robert Parish one of the greatest players ever smoked more pot that Marley.