Devil Dish: Addition by subtraction for the Suns

The Phoenix Suns made a few smart moves this offseason, acquiring point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers and drafting center Alex Len in the first round of this year’s draft.

But the best offseason move was a case of addition by subtraction.

The Suns waived forward Michael Beasley on Sept. 3, about a month after he was arrested for marijuana possession.

This wasn’t the first time Beasley had run-ins with the law or team officials.

The list of Beasley’s screw-ups is long and predictable; what we didn’t predict was how many chances Beasley was going to get.

Finally the Suns made a move to get rid of a player who never got acclimated to the offense. Quite frankly, he was also someone that the team did not need.

When the Suns signed Beasley last season, I, like many other delusional sports fans, hoped we would get the Beasley that starred for Kansas State and had unbelievable upside. Instead we got an inconsistent forward who never found his place in the Suns offense.

I hope Suns management learns from this mistake and never banks on a guy with such a shady past, so that fans don’t pay good money to watch an athlete who never appreciated the opportunities he was given.

 

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