Knicks F Michael Beasley, who is an unrestricted free agent, has been generating interest from a few teams around the league, per The Post's Marc Berman.
Beasley may have been with the Knicks' new head coach David Fizdale at their Tarrytown complex last week, but it isn't certain that the 6-foot-9 forward will be coached by him next season. Fizdale is high on Beasley, a player that he coached with the Heat from 2008-10 and 2013-15.
Other teams around the league are high on Beasley as well. The Hawks and Suns, who both have enough cap room to sign him, are reportedly interested in the versatile forward. For the Hawks specifically, Beasley owns an Atlanta home and could be interested in making it permanent next year.
The Suns could be looking to reunite with Beasley who spent a season on their squad during the 2012-13 season. It wasn't the best of years for him down in Phoenix as a marijuana arrest forced the team to release him. However, he killed the narrative that he can be trouble both on and off the court with the Knicks this season.
Beasley, who started off as a vital bench player for New York, was quickly thrown into a starting role after Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL in February. Beasley went on to average 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists over 74 games last season. His per-36-minute average is even better at 21 points and nine rebounds per game.
Unlike the Hawks and Suns, the Knicks don't have much cap room to work with. To bring back Beasley, using their $8.6 million midlevel exception may be the only way. However, the team may not want to give Beasley all of that money in an effort to reduce long-term deals.
Beasley would like to come back to New York, though.
"He definitely wants to come back to New York and play for Fizdale," a source close to Beasley said. "Fizdale is another plus. But it's still a business."
Back in April, Beasley also said, "I would love to be back definitely. A lot goes into that. We'll assess the situation in summertime."
That time is right around the corner, and if the Knicks can't free up cap space, Beasley may find a more lucrative option for next season.