The Brooklyn Nets signed Michael Beasley last week with the hope that he would provide a lift to a roster that has been devastated by injuries and COVID-19. Five days later, the Beasley experiment seems to be over even before it started.
According to Malika Andrews and Tim Bontemps of ESPN, Beasley has left the Disney World bubble in Orlando. Shams Charania of The Athletic then revealed that the reason for Beasley's exit was a positive coronavirus test.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2020
After Beasley signed with Brooklyn on July 9, general manager Sean Marks said that the forward had arrived at the team's hotel, passed a physical examination and would need to test negative for the coronavirus six straight days before he would be cleared to practice. Obviously, the latter did not occur.
As the Nets prepare to participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA campaign later this month, they will be without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince.
While Durant and Irving are recovering from injuries, all three of Dinwiddie, Jordan and Prince tested positive for COVID-19 and declined to take part in the restart.
To combat the deterioration of the roster, Brooklyn signed veteran guards Jamal Crawford and Tyler Johnson before agreeing to terms with Michael Beasley. The Nets also signed rookie big man Donta Hall, who was released by the Detroit Pistons earlier this season.
Beasley last appeared in the NBA during the 2018-19 campaign, when he played 26 games with the Los Angeles Lakers. During that time, he averaged 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds over 10.7 minutes per game.
A former No. 2 overall pick of the Miami Heat back in 2008, Beasley owns career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 boards a night.