Malik Beasley Could Strengthen Warriors’ Bench, NBA Executive Says


The Golden State Warriors are in an intriguing position ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They may need some help to shore up their position in the Western Conference standings, but they can also stay put and make it work. Recent rumors have linked them to Malik Beasley of the Utah Jazz.

In an interview with Sean Devaney of Heavy Sports, the Eastern Conference executive said the Warriors could use Beasley. The defending champions need more scoring off the bench as Jordan Poole has been inconsistent this season. The executive added that if Steph Curry tells the front office to make a deal, they can make it happen.

“If he says to the rights holders, ‘You need help now, not later,’ that will be very important,” 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 bench for them if they wanted to trade one of the young guys.”

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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 in the offseason as part of the Rudy Gobert trade. He also has a $16.5 million cap hit for next season and could easily be waived depending on his performance.

However, if the Golden State Warriors take their time, Beasley is rumored to be interested in several teams. The Eastern Conference executive indicated that teams such as the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans could try to acquire the offensive-minded swingman .

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Draymond Green doesn’t have the same impact on the Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green could be playing his final season with the Golden State Warriors. Green can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a free agent. His incident with Jordan Poole in the offseason and the Warriors’ luxury tax concerns could mean Green could be looking for a new team this summer.

An anonymous NBA executive also said the incident affected Green’s influence in the organization. The former Defensive Player of the Year previously had the authority to order the front office to monitor players or improve certain parts of the team. However, it’s not the same as he hit Poole.

“Usually Draymond was the one who would make noise in the office,” the executive said. “You have to do this and that,” but things are different with Draymond now after the incident in Poole. He’s not going to make any more waves there.”

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