Nuggets Notes: Beasley, Hernangomez, Grant

After a breakout year in 2018/19, it has been an up-and-down season for Malik Beasley in 2019/20. The Nuggets‘ swingman has been in and out of the team’s rotation — for instance, he got a DNP-CD in last Monday’s win before playing 26 minutes in a win on Wednesday. While Beasley would like to have a more regular role, he’s trying to make the most of the opportunities he gets, as Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post details.

“I wish it (playing time) was consistent, that’s just me as a player,” Beasley said after last Wednesday’s game. “But I’m happy to contribute to the team and get a win, that’s the most important thing that comes out of every day.”

After acquiring Jerami Grant and getting a healthy Michael Porter Jr. back for this season, the Nuggets have made an already-deep rotation even deeper, resulting in a decline in minutes for some players. Head coach Michael Malone said he understands Beasley’s frustration and admitted that the fourth-year swingman isn’t wrong to believe he should have a bigger role.

“Malik Beasley is sitting there saying, ‘I should be playing more,'” Malone said. “You know what? He’s right. I can’t argue that.”

Beasley, who will be a restricted free agent at season’s end, has been the subject of some trade speculation this season, since he still has long-term value and could be included in a package if Denver makes a play for another impact player. For now, he’ll make the most of the minutes he gets with the Nuggets.

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3 thoughts on “Nuggets Notes: Beasley, Hernangomez, Grant

  1. Buckman

    Have to see if Porter can hack it health-wise before they make a deal.

  2. BigGarg

    Nuggets fan here. Both Juan and Michael are valuable bench pieces, but this team has been very healthy so far. If Denver can get a first round pick for one of the guys, yeah, but that depth could come in handy. Plus, they’ll both be restricted, and could be resigned if Denver tries to trade someone like Barton and Harris in the off season.

    • All American Johnsonville Dogs

      Restricted means team can match the offer. They trade them the new team can match nuggets offer if they try to resign

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