KEY POINTS

  • Malik Beasley's suspension could be detrimental with the Minnesota Timberwolves campaign not looking good
  • The Timberwolves are accepting Beasly's fate as they ride out a forgettable NBA season
  • Beasley will serve jail time after the 2020-21 NBA season

The Minnesota Timberwolves are already dealing with a lot of problems, and their 2020-21 NBA campaign was dealt with another big blow.

Malik Beasley has been suspended for 12 games, further compounding the woes of the struggling franchise.

The 24-year-old guard has been one of the bright spots for the T-Wolves this season, averaging 20.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 33 games.

He is also logging heavy minutes for Minnesota, and his forced sidelining will take a toll on the T-Wolves who are in the cellar of the Western Conference with a 7-26 win-loss record.

As of this writing, they are on a six-game losing streak.

Beasley spoke to Shams Charania recently about the suspension and apologized for his bizarre off-court issue. He plans to use this unfortunate time-off to reflect on his actions and vows to come back as a better player.

He will start serving his suspension on Feb. 27 when the Timberwolves play the Washington Wizards.

For the benefit of those who may not know, Beasley is facing felony charges after drawing out a handgun and pointing it at a group of people back in September.

It all started when the Atlanta native got frustrated due to the traffic leading to his Plymouth mansion. He lost his cool at that time and pointed a handgun at a family of tourists as they were checking out his pad.

Beasley’s Minnesota home is featured as one of the impressive mansions tourists could visit in the area.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 120 days in jail. He will serve the jail time after the season after the judge allowed him to serve it after the current NBA season.

Beasley will be eligible to return by Mar. 27 when the T-Wolves face the Houston Rockets.

Malik Beasley Malik Beasley #25 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers during a preseason game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 08, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Upon learning of the suspension, Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas issued the following statement via NBA.com.

“As an organization, we fully support today’s decision by the NBA. As we work together with Malik to advance his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth," he said in the statement.