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Updated: June 30th, 2012 6:48pm
Qualifying offers won't be made to Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph

Qualifying offers won't be made to Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph

by Judd Zulgad
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Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph will be free to look for employement elsewhere on Sunday when NBA free agency begins.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday that they will not make qualifying offers to either player, making them unrestricted free agents.

The qualifying offer for Beasley would have been $8.1 million and the offer for Randolph would have been $4 million.

Beasley and Randolph would have been restricted free agents if qualifying offers had been made to them. That would mean the Wolves could have matched any offers those players received.

Beasley, a talented but inconsistent forward, was the second pick of the 2008 NBA draft by the Miami Heat out of Kansas State. He was traded to the Timberwolves on July 12, 2010 in exchange for second-round picks in the 2011 and 2014 NBA Drafts and cash considerations.

Beasley, who is 6-foot-10, 235 pounds, had his average fall from 19.2 points per game in his first season with the Wolves in 2010-11 to 11.5 in 2011-12 in 47 games in the lockout-shortened season.

Randolph, a 6-11, 225-pound forward, was traded to the Wolves on Feb. 22, 2011, along with Eddy Curry, cash considerations and a future second-round pick from Denver, in a three-team, 13-player trade that sent Corey Brewer to New York and Kosta Koufos to Denver.

Randolph averaged 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 34 games this past season.

The Wolves, meanwhile, got an extension on the deadline for buying out the contracts of Martell Webster and Brad Miller. Webster can be bought out for $600,000 or brought back for $5.7 million.

Miller, who has said he is planning to retire but hasn't done so yet, has one-year left on his contract that is worth $5.1 million. He is likely going to look to get a buyout of some sort before he officially calls it quits.

By getting an extension into July, the Wolves can continue to look to move either player in a trade.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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