NBA Free Agency 2012: Phoenix Suns And Michael Beasley Agree To 3-Year Deal

Michael Beasley will be a Phoenix Sun next season. Phoenix is paying him $18 million.

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NBA Free Agency: Michael Beasley To Sign Three-Year Deal With Suns

The Michael Beasley era in Minnesota is over. He will be a Phoenix Sun starting in 2012-13, having agreed to a three-year deal.

He has verbally agreed to a contract that will pay him $18 million, via ESPN's Marc Stein:

Beasley chose the Suns from a group of five suitors after visiting with Suns officials on Wednesday, while Phoenix was also agreeing to trade Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal.

Beasley flew to Phoenix to meet with the Suns on Wednesday, the second time the two parties met. The Suns flew to Los Angeles to meet Beasley earlier this week.

It never appeared as if the Timberwolves had much interest in bringing Beasley back. After averaging 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 32 minutes a game in 2010-2011, his averages dipped to 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 23 minutes in 2011-2012. With coach Rick Adelman and less troublesome tweener Derrick Williams in town, it was unclear where he fit on the roster with his defensive deficiencies and questionable decision-making. Minnesota didn't tender him a qualifying offer heading into the offseason.

All of that said, Beasley is skilled and has the ability to create his own shot. We'll see if the Suns have more luck harnessing his talent than the Timberwolves did.

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Phoenix Suns Interested In Michael Beasley

The Minnesota Timberwolves declined to make a qualifying offer on small forward Michael Beasley, making him an unrestricted free agent. Beasley was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2008 and was traded to Minnesota in the summer of 2010. Despite some known character issues, he's only 23 years old, immensely talented and oozing with potential.

That said, there are a number of teams that will be vying for his services this summer and the Phoenix Suns are one of them according to the Arizona Republic:

The Suns are prepared to use the available space elsewhere with President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, General Manager Lance Blanks and Coach Alvin Gentry meeting unrestricted free agent Michael Beasley Sunday in Los Angeles.

Beasley has career averages of 15.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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