Ex-Lakers forward Michael Beasley finalizing a deal in China
Michael Beasley began his 2018-19 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers. It looks like he will be ending it in China.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Beasley is finalizing a deal to play with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The contract will only be for two months, but Wojnarowski says it will consist of “significant cash.”
Beasley was traded from the Lakers to the L.A. Clippers before the trade deadline but was then waived by the Clippers.
The 30-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Lakers this past summer, but he played in just 26 games, averaging seven points and 2.3 rebounds over 10.7 minutes per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 71.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Beasley, who played his collegiate basketball at Kansas State University, was originally selected by the Miami Heat with the second overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.
He played in 81 contests, registering 13.9 points and 5.4 boards across 24.8 minutes a night while making 47.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, 40.7 percent of his long-range tries, and 77.2 percent of his foul shots.
However, Beasley lasted just two years with the Heat before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent the next three seasons of his career. He then landed with the Phoenix Suns for one year before making his way back to Miami for the 2013-14 campaign, where he played with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
The Lakers were Beasley’s fourth team since then.
He owns career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from downtown.