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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