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REPORT: Michael Beasley drawing free agent interest from Hawks, Suns

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The Knicks don’t have many impending free agents, but they will have to make a decision this summer on their fourth-leading scorer, Michael Beasley. The Walking Bucket, who has been working out at the Knicks’ facility in Tarrytown, has been generating interest from several teams, according to Marc Berman of The Post.

According to an NBA source, the Hawks and Suns have interest in Beasley and both clubs have cap space. Beasley has a home in Atlanta and is said to be intrigued.


At least five teams are expected to vie for Beasley, who made his enigmatic reputation disappear as a Garden favorite when he played for the veteran’s minimum ($2.3 million) last season.

Not sure where the “five teams” thing came from, but let’s go with it. Berman mentions the Golden State Warriors, through Beasley’s connection to his hometown buddy, Kevin Durant. Right now we can only dream of SuperCool Beas draining iso mid-range jumpers for the Warriors in next year’s Finals, but perhaps that dream could one day be reality.

As for the Knicks, Beasley’s reps mentioned to Berman that he would love to stay in New York, but would require the entire midlevel exception, which would be $8.6 million. I like Beasley more as a personality than as a player, and though he has experience with new coach David Fizdale through his time with the Heat, that’s a bit too rich for my blood. We’ll have to see if Beasley remains a Knick next season.