Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley has been suspended for a dozen games due to his guilty plea to a felony charge, the NBA said.
The NBA said Thursday that the suspension without pay was related to the guilty plea on the charge of "threatening to commit a crime of violence for the purpose of terrorizing another person, a violation of the law in the state of Minnesota."
The incident occurred Sept. 26 in Plymouth, Minn., according to Hennepin County court records. Beasley pleaded guilty to the charge, while felony drug charges against him were dropped.
He also was sentenced to 120 days in jail, which will be served after the NBA season. The sentence is set to start May 26 and can be served at the county workhouse and by in-home confinement.
Beasley's NBA suspension starts when the Timberwolves face the Washington Wizards on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
"As an organization, we fully support today's decision by the NBA," Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said in a news release.
"As we work together with Malik to advance his development as a player and a person, we look forward to seeing his growth."
Beasley, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has averaged 20.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists through 33 games this season. He averaged 11.2 points per game last season, which he split while playing for the Denver Nuggets and Timberwolves. He was traded to Minnesota on Feb. 5, 2020.
Beasley is expected to lose more than $1 million in salary due to the suspension. He signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Timberwolves last off-season.