To say Malik Beasley is having an eventful offseason is downplaying it. Yes, the NBA side of things was far from ordinary. But the Minnesota Timberwolves guard’s recent antics off the court are on a different level. From allegations that he pointed a gun at a neighbor to his recent cheating scandal, Beasley is making headlines for all the wrong reasons as he enters his fifth NBA season.
Malik Beasley on the court
As far as basketball goes, Beasley is doing well. He started his NBA career as a promising prospect out of Florida State. However, while the Denver Nuggets drafted him just after the lottery, he had to be patient before becoming a part of the team’s rotation. Beasley played in only 22 games as a rookie. He followed that up with 62 games and 10 minutes off the bench the next year.
It was a quiet welcome to the NBA. However, after Beasley’s role became prominent in 2018, so did his production. He could shoot the ball well and help the team spread the floor around its stars. Beasley finished that year with 11 pointers per game, an eight-point improvement over his three-point averages as a rookie and sophomore.
Beasley followed that up with a similar year. However, right before the 2019-20 season’s delay, the Nuggets traded Beasley to the Timberwolves. He averaged nearly 21 points per game in 14 games played. The Bulls offered the young guard $60 million for the next four years, details the Star Tribune. But around that same time, his off-court life began to fall apart.
Beasley goes to court
Beasley’s offseason struggles started in Minnesota when he allegedly aimed a gun at a family driving around the Minnesota neighborhood where he owns a home, reports CBS Sports. According to the family, they were following a parade of houses meant to showcase the city. Beasley took it as a threat, however, and came out with a loaded assault rifle.
According to reports, he screamed at the family, including their 13-year-old in the car, and told them to get off his property. When police arrived, they found 1.75 pounds of marijuana in the house and charged both he and his wife, Montana Yao, with drug possession. This issue is ongoing. However, as the offseason went on, Beasley landed in another situation that made news far beyond the NBA.
Beasley courts a Hall of Famer’s wife
In early December, photographs emerged of Beasley holding hands with a woman, Larsa Pippen. Larsa was married to NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen. They divorced in 2018 after 21 years of marriage. The news shocked Yao, who has an 18-month-old son with Beasley.
She took to Instagram to give her reaction. “The truth always comes out one way or another … Appreciate all the love y’all for real,” she continued. “Wow… I don’t even know this man..this is wild y’all I’m seeing it for the time just like y’all,” details E! Online.
After rumors of further infidelity and claims from Larsa’s end that she thought Beasley’s marriage was ending, Yao filed for divorce. The incident became internet fodder beyond basketball circles. NBA fans harshly criticized both Larsa and Beasley. Whatever the case may be, Beasley has had a roller-coaster offseason that may continue going downhill until he can retake the court.