Michael Beasley receives lucrative three-year, $15-million offer to play in China
Unable to find work in the NBA, former second-overall draft pick Michael Beasley could soon be packing his bags for China–again. According to ESPN China reporter Cora Lu, Chinese Basketball Association’s Shandong Golden Stars have put a three-year, $15 million deal on Beasley’s table.
Source said CBA team Shandong Golden Stars offered Michael Beasley a 3-year, $15 million contract to convince him to play in China
— Coral Lu (@CoralLu1) July 16, 2017
While Beasley is determined to stay in the United States and play for an NBA team, it would be practical on his part to ink the contract the Golden Stars are dangling in front of him. For one, that offer is significantly more lucrative than the minimum he could make in the NBA today as noted by Hoopshype.com
Beasley was paid $1.4 million by the Bucks last season and was linked to the Warriors at the beginning of July. If signed to a team in America, he’d likely have a one-year deal for the minimum for someone with his experience: $2.1 million.
Beasley suited up for the Golden Stars during the 2015-16 CBA season, leading the team to the playoffs and though they weren’t able to capture the championship, the Kansas State product was named the league’s Foreign MVP. Beasley returned to the NBA following his stint with Shandong, signing a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets in 2016 before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Tyler Ennis.
Beasley averaged 9.4 points, 0.9 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game in 56 games last season for the Bucks.