09/05/2013 08:52 am ET Updated Nov 05, 2013

Michael Beasley Went From The Top To A Bust. |


Michael Beasley's contract was bought out by the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, supposedly because he was arrested in early August for marijuana possession -- his third arrest since joining the Suns last offseason -- and new GM Ryan McDonough has "high standards for all our players" and "[expects] them to represent the team and the community in a positive manner both on and off the court." Put another way, McDonough, who was hired in May, has inherited someone else's waterlogged record collection and is in the process of discarding all the stuff that is hopelessly damaged. Beasley is the chipped and warped copy of One Nation Under a Groove -- brilliantly vulgar, but ultimately useless. You throw it on the turntable once, it sounds predictably like a garbage can full of toads rolling downhill, and you trash it. Oh well.

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