The NBA season of 2023–24 was dismal for the Golden State Warriors. They made the play-in, just scraping into the postseason picture, only to fall to the Sacramento Kings and miss the playoffs for just the third time in the previous twelve seasons. The Warriors have reportedly targeted Malik Beasley as a free agency target, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. However, the team will need to make a decision regarding Klay Thompson during the offseason.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malik Beasley (5) takes a shot in the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum.

Donte DiVincenzo was a sharpshooting wing for the Warriors in 2022–2023 season. The Warriors were unable to replace his output, thus he signed with the New York Knicks as a free agency. DiVincenzo recently finished his Knicks career with a bang. It makes logical that Malik Beasley would be of interest to the Warriors in his free agency.

Iko, however, notes that Beasley is drawing interest from other teams as well, not only the Warriors. Beasley is a free agent, and the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic are also considering pursuing him. Although Beasley had a successful season with the Bucks, it’s unclear at this moment how interested the team is in re-signing him.

However, the Warriors’ most important free agent choice will be how to handle Klay Thompson. The veteran guard is headed for unrestricted free agency because the two parties are unable to reach a contract extension deal.

Although Malik Beasley has been linked to the Warriors, Rockets, and Magic, it’s likely that more teams will become involved in the chase once the free agency period begins. Beasley had a successful season with the Bucks just ended. Beasley, who was selected with the 19th overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draft, has emerged as a premier role player in the league.

When he signed a one-year contract with the Bucks last offseason, Beasley appeared to have his sights set on potentially earning a big payday this offseason. After an uneven second half of the 2022–2023 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was eventually cut from the starting lineup.

Beasley played in 79 games with the Bucks last season, starting 77 of them at a little over 29 minutes per game. He shot 44.3 percent from the field, 41.3 percent from three points, and 71.4 percent from the free throw line while averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists a game.

Beasley started two of the Bucks’ six playoff games as they lost to the Indiana Pacers in the first round. In addition to his average of 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.7 assists a game, he shot 51.2 percent from the field and 44 percent from three points beyond the arc.

Beasley has developed into one of the NBA’s top three point shooters and a reliable threat to score in double figures. Over his career, he has averaged 10.9 points per game. He has a career three-point percentage of 38.5 and took part in the All-Star Weekend 3-point Contest. He would make sense in the Warriors lineup.

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