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Updated: July 4th, 2012 10:19pm
Not tendered by Wolves, Michael Beasley gets $18M deal from Suns

Not tendered by Wolves, Michael Beasley gets $18M deal from Suns

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Timberwolves chose to let Michael Beasley become a free agent, rather than making him a qualifying offer worth $8.1 million.

Beasley won't get that much from his new employer either, but it appears he landed on his feet.

According to several reports, the former No. 2 overall draft pick agreed on Wednesday to a three-year, $18 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Beasley, 23, had the best of his four NBA seasons with the Timberwolves in 2010-11, when he averaged 19.1 points per game.

His minutes slipped last season (from 32.2 to 23.1) under new coach Rick Adelman and he set career lows in almost every category, including points (11.5).

Free agents can't officially sign deals until the moratorium on transactions ends on July 11.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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