Early birds arrived at the former Orono home of recently-departed Timberwolves star Michael Beasley well before Saturday's 8 a.m. scheduled start time for an estate sale that included a wide variety of luxury items.
Up for grabs were designer handbags, diamond-crusted jewelry, plush furniture, an art collection, a complete set of high-end rims and even the NBA star's four-post bed.
The two-day sale continues through 2 p.m. Sunday, and a 10 percent discount on non-jewelry items is planned for the final day.
No sports memorabilia is included in the sale.
A Minneapolis man named Michael Sweeney legally owns the 7,500 square foot mansion, but Beasley listed the address as his place of residence in several official documents.
Beasley clashed with his Orono neighbors last year after concerns were raised about the number of dogs being kept on the property. When Beasley applied for a kennel permit, nearby homeowners went to the Orono City Council with objections—citing concerns about the number of dogs, the level of supervision being given to them and legal ownership of the animals. One neighbor told the city council he had to watch his two small children closely whenever they were outside because the frequency of dogs running loose had become so regular.
The city council unanimously denied Beasley’s kennel application.
Beasley was also following an early-morning traffic stop last summer—which did not result in a suspension from the NBA due in large part to a labor disagreement going on at the time between the players' association and league.
Beasley was drafted by No. 2 overall by the Miami Heat in 2008. He played two seasons with Miami before being sent to Minnesota in 2010—primarily so the Heat could clear enough salary cap room to sign free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
Beasley signed a three-year contract with the Phoenix Suns last month that will pay him an average of $6 million per season.