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Report: Michael Beasley leaning towards accepting $5 million deal to play in China this season

Michael Beasley

Former second overall pick and free agent Michael Beasley received some bad news today when he was notified that the NBA would be suspending him for five games because he violated the league’s drug policy.

Now, basketball analyst Jeff Goodman claims that Beasley is leaning towards taking his talent overseas instead of waiting to get a contract offer from an NBA team:

Even before the suspension, it appeared as if Beasley was not going to receive a contract. Going to China now makes the most sense for the seasoned veteran.

Last season, B-Easy suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers for the first half of the season. However, after being traded to the Clippers, he was quickly waived.

From that point, Beasley signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers, a team in the Chinese Basketball Association. While it was possible that he made a return to the NBA, now it looks as if Beasley will remain in China for some more time.

Hopefully, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Beasley on an NBA court. Perhaps he dominates in the Chinese league and makes another brief NBA appearance a la Jimmer Fredette.  Stephon Marbury actually ended up building his name because of his play in the CBA.

We’ll see if Beasley can follow in the footsteps of these players and continue to play competitive basketball for a few more years.