May 1, 2012 at 8:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ When the Minnesota Timberwolves are at full strength, Michael Beasley just might be their most naturally talented player. But after two up-and-down seasons with the Wolves, there's no guarantee Beasley will return for another.
The main reason is money: His contract requires the team to extend him an expensive qualifying offer to retain his rights. After being hindered by a sprained left ankle the year before, Beasley was bothered this past season by a sprained right foot and a strained left big toe. He played in only 47 of 66 games.
After scoring 20 points or more in 32 games the previous season, Beasley reached that mark only seven times in 2011-12. Beasley says he's optimistic about coming back and that he enjoyed playing for coach Rick Adelman.