Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas offered support for guard Malik Beasley in light of his recent arrest for narcotics possession and possession of a stolen gun in Plymouth on Saturday.
Beasley was released Sunday, and the case is part of an open investigation, according to Plymouth police. Beasley is a restricted free agent, and Rosas has said prior to Beasley's arrest that he is in the team's long-term plans.
"Malik is family, and we talk about family. It's not only when it's easy and good but when it's hard and tough," Rosas said. "We've put a statement out, and to be fair we're letting the legal process run its course and gathering as much information as possible."
Police were called to Beasley's home in Plymouth after someone reported another person pointing a gun at their car. It's unclear who that person was, police said. They searched Beasley's home and arrested him for narcotics possession and for finding what they said was a stolen gun.
The Wolves traded for Beasley, 23, from the Nuggets in February, and hope to re-sign him as a key piece of the franchise moving forward. He is not participating in the team's group workouts, but did post to social media Monday while working out in Wolves gear.
"I don't think anybody wants to go through what's happened here …" Rosas said. "He's family. We're going to support him. We're going to do the best that we can. But he's got some things he's got to take care of. The legal process has some things that have to be processed and we'll go from there, but we're a family and we work through things together."
Collier wins honor
Lynx forward Napheesa Collier was named to the WNBA's all-defensive second team in voting by the league's head coaches. She's the fifth Lynx player to be named to a league all-defensive team, joining Nicky Anosike, Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore. In addition to scoring 16.1 points per game, Collier averaged 9.0 rebounds (third in the league), 1.8 steals (third) and 1.3 blocks (sixth).
Three at U invited
Three Gophers defensemen — sophomores Ryan Johnson and Jackson LaCombe and freshman Brock Faber — are among the 39 players invited to the 2021 U.S. national junior team evaluation camp, USA Hockey announced.
Joining Johnson of Irvine, Calif., LaCombe of Eden Prairie and Faber of Maple Grove in the camp that runs Oct. 8-13 in Plymouth, Mich., are two players with Minnesota ties: Denver sophomore forward Bobby Brink of Minnetonka and Boston College sophomore defenseman Drew Helleson of Farmington.
Two Wild prospects — forward Matthew Boldy and defenseman Marshall Warren, both BC sophomores as well— also were invited to the camp, which will assist in selecting the U.S. national junior team that will compete in the 2021 World Junior Championship, Dec. 25 through Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
• Justin Burleson of Mendakota Country Club won 1 up over Jesse Bull of Golden Valley CC and Matthew Norgaard of Somerby GC won 2 up over Tim McKenney of Baker National GC to advance to the final of the MGA Mid-Player Championship at the Cannon Golf Club.
• At the same course, Jay Gregory of Bemidji Town & Country Club beat Tom Whaley of Minneapolis GC 1 up and Jerry Rose of Alexandria GC edged John Anderson of Bunker Hills GC on the 19th hole in the MGA Senior Players' Championship.
• Kyler Kleven, a center for the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL, announced he committed to Minnesota Duluth..
• The St. Cloud Norsemen of the NAHL) announced they will play two exhibition games against the U.S. national U18 team on Friday and Saturday at Dave Torrey Arena in St. Cloud.