Michael Beasley is coming off a renaissance season with the New York Knicks, and he’s also approaching free agency. There’s a strong chance his relationship with new head coach David Fizdale could play a role in keeping the versatile forward in the Big Apple.
Fizdale was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat during two of Beasley’s stints with the organization. According to the NY Post, Beasley also likes Fizdale “a lot.”
Coming off a strong 2017-18 campaign will likely lead to a strong market, however. Beasley has been linked to the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks, both of whom will have money to spend this offseason.
Beasley should see a strong role once again with the Knicks, as Kristaps Porzingis could miss much of the 2018-19 season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Porzingis has traditionally played the power forward position, and Beasley slid into that role in Porzingis’ absence.
The Knicks will likely not offer Beasley–or any free agent–a lengthy deal, as they want to maintain cap flexibility heading into the future. New York will also have the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, where the team will look to improve its roster.
“He definitely wants to come back to New York and play for Fizdale,’’ a source close to Beasley told the NY Post. “Fizdale is another plus. But it’s still a business.’’
Beasley tallied 13.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG last season, although his role varied under former head coach Jeff Hornacek. When given regular minutes, Beasley proved to be a solid contributor, especially on offense.
Fizdale also reportedly hit it off with Porzingis, who is seen as the face of the franchise. The organization is hoping that its new head coach will continue to cultivate relationships, as well as lure free agents in the future.
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