The Warriors may have to wait another year to inherit the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-round draft pick.
Already with the NBA’s worst record by a strong margin, the league has suspended Malik Masan Bisle for 12 games for “arising out of Malik Fison’s allegations”, the organization said on Thursday. Shams Sharania of the stadium was the first to give the news.
As Charania pointed out in his report, Beasley is taking a terrific season, earning 20.5 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting from the 3 season series.
In February, Andrew Wiggins received a protected draft selection in the trade. It is the top-three secure in 2021 and would be insecure if it ends within the top-three elections in the 2021 Minnesota ’21 draft lottery.
If the Timberwolves end up with the worst record, the Warriors will have a nearly 60 percent chance of finishing with the No. 4 or No. 5 draft pick courtesy of Minnesota.
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Given that Beasley has been on the floor this season, the T-Wolves’ offensive rating is about 12 points higher, so it’s fair to assume they could miss 12 games of the guards. Minnesota has 39 games left in the 2020-21 season.
Beasley was sentenced earlier this month to 120 days in prison after pleading guilty to a serious crime of threatening violence in September (H / T ESPN).
With so many high-value prospects expected to be available early in the 2021 NBA Draft, two first-round picks are likely to be big for the Warriors ’front office fees.
We’ll see how Minnesota can weather the loss of one of its top scorers.
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