July 3, 2012: Suns free agent visits
The Suns will continue their courtship of unrestricted
free agent small forward Michael Beasley when the former
No. 2 pick visits Phoenix Wednesday.
But prior to that, it will be Goran Dragic stopping in the
Valley. The former Suns guard is due in town today.
Dragic is drawing interest from a number of teams that is
said to include the Raptors, Nets, Lakers, Hornets and
Rockets—which is where he ended last season averaging
16.3 points and 7.3 assists after the All-Star break.
Monday night, the Suns entertained restricted free agent
guard Eric Gordon. The Pacers and Rockets have also met
with the 23-year-old who was limited to just nine games
last season because of a knee injury. Gordon’s younger
brother, Evan, is a junior on the ASU basketball team
which may help the Suns’ pursuit. However, any team’s
offer is expected to be matched by the Hornets. Gordon,
according to reports, is seeking a max deal of four years
and $58 million.
Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, General
Manager Lance Blanks and head coach Alvin Gentry initially
met with the 23-year-old Beasley Sunday in L.A. A league
source said Beasley was open and honest with the Suns
front office about his past, taking full responsibility
for the off-the-court mistakes he made. Beasley’s numbers
dropped from a career-best 19.2 points per game in 2011 to
11.5 points per game last season in more of a reserve
Finally, with regards to Steve Nash, the Suns have yet—
and may not, schedule a face-to-face meeting with the two-
time league MVP.