NBA CEO thinks Malik Beasley can bolster Warriors bench
The Golden State Warriors are in an attractive position ahead of the February 9 trading deadline. They could use some help to cement their place in the Western Conference rankings but could also stay put. and make it work. The latest rumors have linked them to the Utah Jazz’s Malik Beasley.
In an interview with Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney, an Eastern Conference executive said that the Warriors could use Beasley. The defending champions need to score more from the bench, as Jordan Poole has been inconsistent this season. The CEO added that if Steph Curry asked the front office to make the transaction, they could comply.
“If he says to the owner, ‘You have to get some help now, not for the future,’ that’s going to go a long way,” the executive said. “There are only a few players that you absolutely have to listen to, and Steph is one of them. Beasley would be a good substitute for them if they want to trade off one of the young men.”
Malik Beasley is averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 50 games for the Utah Jazz this season. Beasley was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves during the off-season as part of the Rudy Gobert deal. He also has a $16.5 million team option for next season and could easily be turned down depending on his form.
However, if the Golden State Warriors aren’t in a hurry, there are several teams rumored to be interested in Beasley. The Eastern Conference moderator revealed that teams like the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans could try to get the offensive-minded swinger.
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Draymond Green doesn’t have the same influence as the Golden State Warriors
Blue Draymond will likely play in his final season with the Golden State Warriors. Green could turn down his contract at the end of the season and join the free agency. his incident with Jordan Poole during the off-season and the Warriors’ luxury tax concerns could mean Green could be looking for a new team in the summer.
An unnamed NBA executive also suggested that the incident affected Green’s influence in the organization. The former Defensive Player of the Year used to have the power to order the front office to pursue players or improve certain parts of the team. However, things have not been the same since he punched Poole.
“Typically, it’s Draymond who’s going to be the one making noise in the main office,” the executive said. “‘You need to do this and that’, but things with Draymond are different now after the Poole incident. He’s not going to make any more waves there.”
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