Once Michael Beasley was booked for marijuana possession a couple weeks ago, it was looking as if the rebuilding Phoenix Suns would want to jettison Beas, and after it was reported that the Suns were indeed going to do that, they have now made it official.
On their official website, the Suns’ President of Basketball Operations said that it was their “highest standards of personal and professional conduct” which led them to cutting their forward who had some success, but was viewed as a serious ball stopper, and an overall negative presence in the locker room.
The Phoenix Suns waived forward Michael Beasley today pursuant to a termination agreement between the club and him. In accordance with that agreement, the compensation owed to him by the team will be reduced, and the Suns’ salary cap room will be increased for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.
“The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. Today’s action reflects our commitment to those standards. The timing and nature of this, and all of our transactions, are based on the judgment of our Basketball leadership as to how best to achieve our singular goal of rebuilding an elite team.”
Now the question is where will the former number two overall pick end up. With as much talent as he has some team is bound to take a flyer with him, but the lineup will not be long.