Kahn: Next Six Weeks Big for Beasley
(Michael) Beasley will become a free agent this summer, most likely an unrestricted one because the Wolves would have to guarantee him a whopping $8 million qualifying offer to keep the right to match any offers he might receive.
“That’s really not up to me,” Beasley said about his future with the franchise. “I would like to stay here. We all know my contract is expiring. I might need a new contract, can’t play for free. That’s not up to me.”
Wolves coach Rick Adelman and David Kahn, president of basketball operations, met with Beasley after Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline passed. The basic message: Beasley’s future is up to him.
“Michael is in more control of his future than even Michael recognizes,” Kahn said. “These next six weeks are very important to him. Michael’s made tremendous strides this year and I don’t think leaguewide people recognize that: He has been much more engaged in practices, much better on the bench, his commitment, everything. He’s been incident-free.
“I think it’s very important these next six weeks that he continue that path and demonstrate to the league that maybe some of the things people have said about him frankly have been eradicated because I think in large part they have.”