Veteran forward Michael Beasley agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons this weekend despite the NBA announcing the former second overall draft pick would be suspended for the season's first five games.
On Sunday, it was reported that the 30-year-old Beasley, who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018-19 season, agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with Detroit, further insulating liability for the Motor City franchise, via Rod Beard of The Detroit News.
Beard also adds that Beasley's deal would be guaranteed should he make the team's regular-season roster.
Beasley averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and an assist per game last year for the Lakers in only 26 appearances, shooting 49.0% from the field, 17.6% from 3-point range, and 71.8% from the free-throw line.
The Kansas State product has been a controversial player in the NBA in his 11-year career. The top pick after Derrick Rose in 2008, Beasley joins his draft classmate with the Pistons after the former league MVP signed a two-year deal earlier in the summer. Beasley has been subject to fines by the league multiple times in the past due to his connection with marijuana possession. His five-game suspension is due to violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. Beasley has also dealt with a stint in a Houston rehab facility, although it was reportedly not connected with substance abuse.
Beasley previously played four non-consecutive seasons for the Miami Heat, abbreviated in the middle by stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns, and later spent time with the Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, and New York Knicks before finding a deal last year with LeBron James' Lakers squad.