- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games for an offseason felony charge.
- Beasley pleaded guilty pleaded guilty to a felony count of threats of violence as a result of a September incident
- The Timberwolves have the worst odds to win the Northwest Division at +125000 at SportsBetting.ag.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games without pay after he was sentenced to jail for 120 days earlier this month for a felony count of threats of violence following a September arrest.
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) February 25, 2021
It can be recalled that Beasley was arrested in September on a reported weapons offense. The arrest came after police received a complaint that Beasley pointed a rifle at a family inside a car outside his home in Minnesota. Beasley pleaded guilty to threats of violence. He also initially faced a felony drug charge but that was dismissed.
A Bright Spot in Minnesota
NBA Daily: Malik Beasley a Bright Spot in Minnesota: Without Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled mightily to start the 2020-21 season. But, while bright spots have been few and far between, Malik Beasley has shone… https://t.co/9GEErz1ytZ @bballinsiders pic.twitter.com/fTm7And8Yd
— Basketball Insiders (@BBallInsiders) February 4, 2021
Beasley has been one of the few bright spots of an otherwise terrible season for Minnesota. The 24-year old is having a career-season with the Timberwolves this year, averaging 20.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 45.5% from the field and 40.6% from behind the three point arc.
The Wolves acquired Beasley in a four-team deal in February 2020 where they traded Robert Covington and Jordan Bell. Minnesota then signed Beasley to a four-year contract worth $60M during the offseason.
His suspension will begin on Saturday when the Timberwolves face the Wizards in Washington. Beasley will be eligible to return on March 27th, when the Houston Rockets travel to Minnesota. After the current season in mid-May, Beasley is also expected to serve his 120-day jail term either at the county workhouse or home confinement.
Odds to win the Northwest division
Utah Jazz -800
Denver Nuggets +800
Portland Trail Blazers +850
Oklahoma City Thunder +50000
Minnesota Timberwolves +100000
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) February 19, 2021
The Timberwolves are 7-26 on the season and have lost six games in a row heading to Thursday’s schedule. They have the worst odds to win the Northwest Conference at +100000 at online sportsbook BetOnline.ag and also have the NBA’s worst record, 2.5 games behind the Eastern Conference’s worst team in the Detroit Pistons.
Despite that, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in Minnesota. The Wolves have a young core led by Karl Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Minnesota also drafted Anthony Edwards with the no. 1 overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft and has 2019 6th pick Jarrett Culver in their lineup. Then there is Beasley, who is having a career season.
The Wolves recently fired Ryan Saunders and hired a new head coach in Chris Finch, hoping to get the team to a new direction. That move has yet to translate to wins on the court. But with their young building blocks, Malik Beasley included, the future looks bright for Minnesota.