FanShot

Michael Beasley optimistic about returning

Michael Beasley expressed optimism about returning to the Timberwolves next season after having his exit interview Wednesday, April 25, with coach Rick Adelman and president of basketball operations David Kahn. Beasley will become a restricted free agent after the Timberwolves play their final game Thursday night at Target Center against the Denver Nuggets. "I feel pretty good about coming back next year," Beasley said. "I'm hopeful. I'm going to approach my summer as if I'm coming back. I'm going to try to come back in the best possible shape I can and be the best player I can be." Beasley, nearing the end of his fourth NBA season and second with the Timberwolves, is due $8.172 million in 2012-13, the final year of his contract. The Timberwolves have the option on whether to pick up his salary for next season. Beasley, who missed 19 games because of foot and toe injuries, averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds and shot 44.5 percent from the floor. He started the Timberwolves' first seven games and was the team's second-leading scorer behind Kevin Love before suffering a foot injury Jan. 6 that cost him 11 games. When Beasley was healthy enough to play, Adelman decided to bring him off the bench the rest of the season. Before the Timberwolves' game against Memphis on April 17, Beasley said he "didn't want to get comfortable" in a reserve role if he came back next season and said he sees himself "as a starter." Beasley said he got no indication from Kahn or Adelman about his future with the team. Kahn and Adelman are holding a news conference Friday morning to discuss the team's offseason plans and decisions on players. "They just told me what I need to do to get better," Beasley said of Kahn and Adelman. "I'm going to work on everything to become an all-around great player ... not just a scorer, a rebounder or a defender." Beasley said he will spend most of the offseason in Los Angeles working out with former Los Angeles Lakers star Norm Nixon. Follow Ray Richardson at Twitter.com/twolvesnow. I think he should spend his summer working with Rose, Love, Durant, Kobe, etc not Norm Nixon; unless he wants to play SG for us next season ;)

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Canis Hoopus

You must be a member of Canis Hoopus to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canis Hoopus. You should read them.

Join Canis Hoopus

You must be a member of Canis Hoopus to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canis Hoopus. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker