There were fireworks aplenty in Phoenix on the Fourth Of July, as the Phoenix Suns filled the airwaves exploded with news, as they went about the business of rebuilding and redefining their team. After the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix found a way to send veteran point guard Steve Nash to the “City Of Angels” via a sign and trade deal, the Suns got busy again, as “ESPN.com” reported that the club came to terms with former Phoenix point guard Goran Dragic and talented but trouble-prone forward Michael Beasley on deals that will bring them to the “Valley Of The Sun” for next season.
Dragic, who spent two and a half of his four seasons in the Association in Phoenix, will return to the team as the starter at the point, trying to fill the position that Nash occupied for so long. He will reportedly receive a four-year deal from the club, with the fourth year of the pact having a player option.
The 26-year-old native of Yugoslavia, was traded to the Houston Rockets by the Suns during the 2011 campaign and had his best season of his career as he averaged 11.7 points, 5.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Dragic’s asking price was far more than the Rockets were willing to give him, so he is now back where it all began for him.
Beasley will be heading to his third franchise as he enters his fifth-year in the Association, after being taken with the second pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. Although many, NBA observers at the time thought Beasley would end up being taken number one by the Chicago Bulls, Chicago selected point guard Derrick Rose and have been thankful ever since. Rose has already won his first NBA MVP Award, while Beasley has been in and out of hot water, since he was caught smoking weed at the NBA Rookie Orientation camp.
The former Kansas State player prospered when the T-Wolves had Kurt Rambis as the bench boss and he had what looked to be his breakout campaign, as he started 73 games, averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. Although Minnesota as a whole played better for new head coach Rick Adelman, this past season, Beasley regressed as he had his worst season since entering the Association, as he started just 7 contests and averaged 11.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Minnesota did not extend a qualifying offer to him, making him an unrestricted Free Agent.
Phoenix got a verbal committment from Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon, that he would sign a max-deal offer sheet with Phoenix on July 11, the first day players can actually sign any contracts. It is believed that New Orleans would match the offer, however a sign and trade may be worked out.