Two games remain in a season that once held so much promise for the Timberwolves, so little time left that you might think everyone could see the future fast approaching.
Except that Wolves forward Michael Beasley can't.
"My next year is so blurry," he said recently. "I can't call it."
He will enter uncertain territory this summer, both in terms of his potential as a player and a wage earner. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July unless the Wolves extend him an $8 million-plus qualifying offer -- which is unlikely -- and will test the market as a season he calls disappointing and a step backward from a season ago.
"I really disappointed myself more this year more than anybody else," he said. "I felt like I had a strong season last year and I came in this year and my goals were set high individually and as far as the team goes, but none of those were met. It's frustrating, especially to see all my friends set where they're going to play next year with contract extensions for all of them. That's just how the ball dropped, you know?"
The Wolves didn't offer him a contract extension by the Jan. 25 deadline that saw Kevin Love sign a four-year, $61 million deal. Beasley's season has been diminished by injuries as well as by uneven play as a reserve, the role coach Rick Adelman moved him to when Beasley returned from a sprained foot in late January.
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