Michael Beasley remains on the free agent market and his NBA stock took a hit when it was announced that he’ll receive a five-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. With the suspension looming, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link) hears that Beasley is leaning toward playing in China this upcoming season.
Beasley has an offer worth approximately $5M from a Chinese team, Goodman writes. While the scribe doesn’t provide additional details, it’s almost certainly a team in the Chinese Basketball Association.
The veteran forward has had multiple stints in the CBA, with the most recent one coming late last season, after he was traded by the Lakers and released by the Clippers. He finished the season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers, the eventual CBA champions.
After being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, Beasley spent just two seasons with the Heat. He was sent to Minnesota as Miami needed cap space to form The Heatles. He returned to the Heat in 2013 after making a pit stop in Phoenix. Since then, he has played for the Rockets, Bucks, Knicks, and Lakers.