Minnesota Timberwolves bring back Malik Beasley. Let’s look at the inevitable ripple effects of re-signing.
Malik Beasley is back with the Minnesota Timberwolves, signing a four-year contract worth $ 60 million with the final year coming up as a team option.
Wolves were not believed to be bringing Beasley back, due to a combination of his legal issues during the offseason and draft acquisitions of first choice Anthony Edwards and Ricky Rubio.
Wolves have not only convinced Beasley to return, but have also paid him what appears to be the highest price, although we do not yet know the annual breakdown of the new contract.
Let’s take a look at the ripple effect Beasley’s re-signing will have on the rest of the roster, including rookie Anthony Edwards, last year’s top pick Jarrett Culver, and Wolves’ offensive attack in his together.
Impact of the signing of Malik Beasley by the Minnesota Timberwolves: the role of Anthony Edwards
The Wolves drafted Anthony Edwards with the first pick in the draft. The early selections usually get a starting role on opening night, and it didn’t seem like it was any different for Edwards.
But Beasley’s re-signing to what appears to be $ 15 million a year implies he will be the team’s starting double goalie. Plus, there’s Ricky Rubio for you to consider.
Rubio has been a starter throughout his career and is still a top point guard. Could Wolves consider a starting line-up that includes D’Angelo Russell’s four, Rubio, Beasley and Edwards?
None of those players are taller than 6-foot-5, and it’s unrealistic to play 4th in Edwards right out of the gate in the NBA. Would that be an option for a closing roster, or at least a five-man squad that could run with the best smallball lineups in the league? Absolutely, and that’s without a doubt what Gersson Rosas and Ryan Saunders think.
Don’t forget Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver, either. They were the team’s last two first-round picks, and both are still on the roster.
Edwards will have his playing time, but it is assumed here that the starting line-up on opening night will look like this: Rubio, Russell, Beasley, [insert power forward here]and Karl-Anthony Towns. Edwards, Culver, and Okogie will all come off the bench, with Culver getting the chance to lead the Second Unit at times.
Beasley isn’t a big defender at 2, so he’ll have his work cut out for defending on 3. But at 6ft 5in with a 6ft 7in wingspan and enough athleticism he has a chance to hold on. his.
The signing means Anthony Edwards likely won’t be in the starting lineup on opening night, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get a meaningful run this season.