Pistons’ Michael Beasley has to prove himself on and off the court to make team
With the recent announcement that veteran forward Michael Beasley has agreed to terms with the Detroit Pistons on a one-year deal, it is now being reported that despite this recent development, the 30-year-old’s role in the squad is anything but guaranteed.
According to Pistons insider Vince Ellis, Detroit expect Beasley to fight for his place in the team’s final roster, which will not only include his performance on the basketball court, but off it as well.
A couple more tidbits on Michael Beasley. Source calls him a “talent.” But with five-game suspension looming, says Beasley has to make the team … on and off the court. #Pistons.
— Vince_Ells56 (@Vincent_Ellis56) August 12, 2019
Deal for Michael Beasley will be non-guaranteed, meaning he has to make the team. Barring further moves, sets up camp battle with Christian Wood. #Pistons
— Vince_Ells56 (@Vincent_Ellis56) August 11, 2019
At his best, Beasley put up close to 20 points per ballgame in a full season, so like the Pistons, we all know what kind of firepower this man has in his arsenal. However, this was a long time ago — eight years to be exact, when he was still killing it for the Minnesota Timberwolves as a 22-year-old in only his third season in the league.
The 6-foot-9 forward still has some gas left in the tank, but surely, we cannot expect him to be the potent scorer he once was close to one decade ago. Nevertheless, he should still be able to provide an offensive boost from the bench. That is, of course, if he is able to steer clear of any trouble off the court.
Beasley was recently handed a five-game suspension by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, and given that this is not the first time he has been linked to a similar misdemeanor, the former second overall pick will definitely need to keep his affairs in order if he hopes to extend his career in the NBA.