The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing again Malik Beasley. Let’s take a look at the inevitable ripple results of the re-signing.
There was some thought that the Wolves wouldn’t deliver Beasley again, as a consequence of a mixture of his offseason legal troubles and the draft-night acquisitions of No. 1 decide Anthony Edwards and Ricky Rubio.
The Wolves not solely satisfied Beasley to return again, however additionally they paid him what seems to be high greenback, though we don’t but know the annual breakdown of the brand new contract.
Let’s take a look at the ripple impact that Beasley’s re-signing may have on the remainder of the roster, together with rookie Anthony Edwards, final 12 months’s high draft decide Jarrett Culver, and the Wolves’ offensive assault as an entire.
Impression of Minnesota Timberwolves re-signing Malik Beasley: Anthony Edwards’ position
The Wolves drafted Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 decide within the draft. First-overall choices are typically handed a beginning position on opening evening, and it didn’t appear as if it’d be any completely different for Edwards.
However the re-signing of Beasley at what seems to be $15 million per 12 months implies that he’ll be crew’s beginning two-guard. Plus, there’s Ricky Rubio to think about.
Rubio has been a starter all through his profession and remains to be a starting-caliber level guard. May the Wolves be contemplating a beginning lineup that features all 4 of D’Angelo Russell, Rubio, Beasley and Edwards?
None of these gamers stand above 6-foot-5, and it’s not real looking to play Edwards on the 4 proper out of the gate within the NBA. May this be an choice for a closing lineup, or a minimum of a five-man group that might run with one of the best small-ball lineups within the league? Completely, and that’s undoubtedly what Gersson Rosas and Ryan Saunders are considering.
Edwards will get his enjoying time, however the guess right here is that the opening evening beginning lineup will appear to be this: Rubio, Russell, Beasley, [insert power forward here], and Karl-Anthony Towns. Edwards, Culver, and Okogie will all come off the bench, with Culver given the prospect to run the second unit at occasions.
Beasley isn’t a fantastic defender on the 2, so he’ll have his work reduce out for him defending the three. However at 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan and sufficient athleticism, he has a shot at holding his personal.
This signing means is that Anthony Edwards is not going to seemingly be within the beginning lineup on opening evening, however it doesn’t imply that he received’t get important run this season.