clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Report: Philadelphia 76ers have expressed interest in Malik Beasley

New, comments

The Philadelphia 76ers are interested in a number of wing players, which includes Malik Beasley.

Denver Nuggets v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Malik Beasley has been a valuable piece to the Nuggets rebuild, but his time with the franchise may be coming to a close. Kevin O’Connor reported Thursday morning that Philadelphia has expressed interest in the Nuggets talented wing.

O’Connor also lists Glenn Robinson III, Davis Bertans, E’Twaun Moore, and Andre Iguodala as targets, but mentions how Robert Covington — former 76er and current Timbverwolves player — as the player Philadelphia is most interested in.

What the Nuggets could expect in compensation for Beasley might be one of the 76ers talented young players. O’Connor discusses how the 76ers could look to move on from 2018 first-round pick, Zhaire Smith. Their first round pick from last year — Matisse Thybulle — could also be an option, but O’Connor reports Philadelphia is “reluctant’’ to deal him.

This should come as no surprise from a Nuggets perspective as Beasley will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. It looks increasingly unlikely that Denver will be able to keep Beasley long-term and it was reported back in October that he turned down a three-year, $30 million contract extension from the Nuggets.

After a breakout 2018-19 season, Beasley is averaging just 16.4 minutes per game — down from 23.2 last year — and has been in and out of rotation all season. Beasley is still averaging 7.1 points per game and is shooting a solid 40.2 from beyond the arc.

The NBA trade deadline is February 6th, so Beasley and the Nuggets situation is certainly something to monitor going forward.