Northwest Notes: Harrison, Beasley, Maledon, Nuggets

The contract signed by new Jazz guard Shaquille Harrison is non-guaranteed, per John Hollinger of the Athletic. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder also told reporters today that Harrison is currently recovering from a broken hand, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune tweets. The newest member of the team is engaging in individual workouts with a single coach at present.

Snyder lauded Harrison’s potential as a defender for the Jazz. “When you watch him play, it jumps out at you that he can defend,” he said.

There’s more out of the Northwest Division:

  • Newly re-signed Timberwolves shooting guard Malik Beasley is stressing connection and communication in training camp, per Chris Hine of the Star Tribune“Every day I ask [D’Angelo Russell] and Ricky [Rubio] what I can do to be a better playmaker,” Beasley said. He also noted that he and Minnesota star center Karl-Anthony Towns are similarly communicative. “We’ve built a relationship to be able to talk to each other and hold each other accountable. So I think this year is going to be a great year for KAT and the whole unit.”
  • Thunder second-round rookie selection Théo Maledon has signed a four-year, $7.8MM contract, Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. Maledon will earn a $2MM guaranteed salary in each of the first two years of his new deal, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Smith goes on to note that each of the final two seasons of Maledon’s deal – which comes out of OKC’s mid-level exception – are non-guaranteed, and that the Thunder will have a team option for the fourth year.
  • Nuggets head coach Michael Malone has deemed wing Will Barton “doubtful” for Saturday’s first preseason bout against the Warriors, Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports tweets. Malone also hailed guard PJ Dozier as the “MVP” of Denver’s training camp thus far.
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9 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Harrison, Beasley, Maledon, Nuggets

  1. Sillivan

    Wolves 3 point %
    Okogie 27%
    Culver 30%
    DLo 35%
    Beasley 36%
    41 games for Nuggets

    Need 3 things only
    Knock down 3

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      Hopefully Towns won’t wait until he’s over 30 to leave like KG did.

      • El Don

        KAT is a good defender, not the best but he hasn’t got to be that, he is the star & one of the most talented offensive centers ever, so his job ain’t defending, but still he does a good job.
        Can’t understand all the hate on such a great generational talent like him, he plays at MVP level every year for the last 4 at least, what is there not to like?

        • kingsforever 2

          What? A center that can’t protect the basket and you say it’s not their job? If you earn around 30 million you have to be a 2 way player. Otherwise the Wolves will not be a playoff team. You have scoring a lot. That alone is not enough. I like Town’s offense skills but that’s not enouth

        • Lol…kat isnt a good defender.yes,he is great in offensive but he need to fix his defense.embiid still beter than him.

          • andremets

            A healthy Embiid is one of the best defensive players in the nba. KAT should strive to simply be above average.

  2. Jason Lancaster

    I like how Beasley is trying to be a better playmaker, but he needs to relax a little.

    It’s not like someone pointed a gun at his head.

    • The Howler

      Good to see him trying verbal rather than nonverbal forms of communication.

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