NBA news roundup: Michael Beasley arrested, Nikola Pekovic will miss Eurobasket


Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley has his third brush with the law in 2013 and Nikola Pekovic's ongoing contract talks with the Timberwolves will cause him to miss Eurobasket 2013.

The Phoenix Suns might have seen the last of Michael Beasley. The troubled forward was arrested early Tuesday after being pulled over on a traffic violation and then officers allegedly finding marijuana in the driver's area of his car, according to the report from the Scottsdale Police Department. He was booked and released.

Beasley was pulled over for speeding in January, but released after cooperating with police. Later on, he was reportedly under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that also occurred in January. Neither led to any legal punishment.

Prior to signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the Suns last offseason -- it was the first signing in the post-Steve Nash era -- Beasley had multiple run-ins with the law.

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Since Phoenix replaced general manager Lance Blanks with Ryan McDonough, there have been whispers the Suns could use the stretch provision on Beasley to waive him and stretch his contract across multiple seasons. According to KTAR 620's John Gambadoro, the forward likely has played his last game for Phoenix. Gambadoro was told weeks ago that the team was on a zero-tolerance policy with Beasley.

Beasley averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Suns in 2012-13, his worst statistical season of his five NBA campaigns.

Pekovic won't play for Montenegro

Minnesota Timberwolves big man Nikola Pekovic is the highest-profile free agent yet to sign. It's not that he can't find suitors, nor does he want to leave the T-Wolves. It's about the money.

But that's getting in the way of his previous summer plans. The center from Montenegro was supposed to play for his national team at Eurobasket 2013, but according to a translation by NBC Sports, that's no longer going to happen. The national squad put an Aug. 5 deadline on Pekovic to join his team, but the contract negotiations caused him to miss it.

The Timberwolves are willing to sign their big man to a deal worth $12 million a year, but Pekovic's agent, Jeff Schwartz, is playing hardball and looking for a deal worth around $15 million annually.

And so the Montenegro national squad will move on in a grouping with Germany, Italy and Croatia.

Jennings calls Detroit a Lob City of sorts

Brandon Jennings knows he has it a little better in Detroit. After being traded from the Milwaukee Bucks, the new Pistons point guard said he's looking forward to playing with an athletic frontcourt that includes youngster Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe -- that's not to mention free-agent signee Josh Smith.

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"You could say, we're going to bring lob city to Detroit this year," the 23-year-old guard, known for a certain amount of swagger, said at his introductory press conference Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

"It's my first year actually playing with a frontcourt like this, with (Andre) Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh (Smith)," Jennings said. "We have the two top big men in the league, two young guys that have a lot of potential. They're going to take my game to the next level and I'll help take their game to the next level."

Cavs sign second-round pick

It wasn't clear whether the Cleveland Cavaliers would have room to sign 33rd overall pick Carrick Felix, but it's pretty apparent they like his stuff after signing him to a four-year deal with the first three years guaranteed.The News-Herald reported the deal and said it will begin in 2013-14 at $510,000 annually, which is just above the league minimum.

At 6'6, 210 pounds, the Arizona State forward averaged 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game during the Las Vegas Summer League. Not the most skilled offensive player, Felix's hustle and perimeter defense carried him up the draft boards over the course of the draft process, as he worked out for nearly two-thirds of NBA teams.

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Popeye joins Indy coaching staff

Former NBA player Popeye Jones has joined the Indiana Pacers coaching staff, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, filling in after turnover when lead assistant Brian Shaw took the Denver Nuggets' coaching opening.

Jones was part of Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo's staffs in Brooklyn, but the hiring of Jason Kidd as head coach made it clear a completely new staff would be in place.

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