The Phoenix Suns waived forward Michael Beasley Tuesday. The former second-overall pick by the Miami Heat wore out his welcome with the new regime in Phoenix after his recent arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession.
“The Suns were devoted to Michael Beasley’s success in Phoenix,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby in a statement. “However, it is essential that we demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture. Today’s action reflects our commitment to those standards. The timing and nature of this, and all of our transactions, are based on the judgment of our Basketball leadership as to how best to achieve our singular goal of rebuilding an elite team.”
Beasley, who was traded by Miami to Minnesota in 2010 before landing with the Suns, will be looking to play for his fourth team.
The Suns recently traded Caron Butler to Milwaukee, and so have cleared two small forwards from the roster in the last few days.
Beasley signed a three-year contract with Phoenix as a free agent on July 20, 2012, and in his one season with the Suns, played in 75 games and averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
This late in the process, it is unclear whether any teams will give him a chance in training camp. Beasley joins the likes of troubled free agent players Lamar Odom, Stephen Jackson and Fab Melo.