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Charania also pointed out how the Nuggets “routinely” receive calls about players like Beasley: “Because of their wing depth with Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Gary Harris, Denver (14-7) routinely receives trade calls but has no traction currently on any deals.”
Beasley will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season after he and the Nuggets were unable to agree to an extension in October. In 17 games this season, the 23-year-old shooting guard is averaging 15.9 minutes per game and has appeared in the Nuggets last seven contests.
After averaging a career-high 11.3 points per game last season, Beasley is averaging just 6.4 points per game this season. Beasley is still shooting a scorching 41 percent from three, which is a career best. After not appearing in four games for the Nuggets in November, Beasley is back in the rotation and taking advantage of it. Beasley played arguably his best game of the season last week against the New York Knicks when he scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range.
It will be interesting to see how this develops throughout the season, as the Nuggets have struggled all season to find time for various members of their bench. While Monte Morris, Jerami Grant, and Mason Plumlee have received consistent minutes, head coach Michael Malone has cycled through four different wings and forwards at the remaining spots: Beasley, Hernangomez, Michael Porter Jr., and Torrey Craig. Right now, it appears that Beasley and Hernangomez have won Malone’s trust with the bench unit, but with three of the four up for a new contract next offseason, don’t be surprised if that changes at some point.