Replacing Steve Nash in Phoenix is going to be a tough ask for Lon Babby, Alvin Gentry, and the rest of the Suns. Inking Michael Beasley to a three-year, $18 million contract, as ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting the Suns will do, is an, er, interesting way of going about that.
Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA draft, and he and Derrick Rose made up that year's either-or conundrum in a faint echo of 2007's Greg Oden vs. Kevin Durant debate. But he's been an underwhelming NBA player, getting shipped from a Heat team he never adequately fit as Dwyane Wade's sidekick (though he was named to the All-Rookie first team in 2008-09) to a Timberwolves team that grew up around and eventually progressed past him, relegating him to even less important time on the court.
Beasley averaged a career-high 19.2 points per game in 2010-11, but needed 17.1 shots per contest to get them. His numbers fell off in 2011-12, as he managed just 11.5 points per game and made only seven starts for Minnesota.