PHOENIX, Arizona (AFP) – The Phoenix Suns ended their brief but turbulent tenure with Michael Beasley by releasing the former No. 2 overall draft pick on Tuesday.
Beasley signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Suns in July 2012 but he never lived up to the National Basketball Association team’s expectations.
In his only season with the Suns, the 24-year-old Beasley averaged career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games.
His problems extended off the court as well as Phoenix police investigated him in January in connection with an alleged sexual assault at his home.
He was also arrested last month for alleged marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop.
Beasley began his NBA career with Miami in 2008 and spent two seasons with the Heat before being dealt to Minnesota.