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Michael Beasley leaves Grizzlies for China


Michael Beasley signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Grizzlies, trying to earn Memphis’ final roster spot.

He’s given up that dream.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

When it comes to No. 2 pick busts, Darko Milicic played more seasons (10) than Beasley (6) before falling out of the NBA. Beasley, 25, could still return to the league while Darko is surely done, but that’s still not a good look.

Maybe Beasley got more money to go to China and this isn’t a sign of defeat. However, his Chinese salary won’t be pure profit.

Beasley was set to make $777,778 this season from the Suns, who released him last year. Phoenix can reduce its payments by half the difference between Beasley’s Chinese salary and $507,336 (NBA rookie minimum).

Chris Bosh: Playing with LeBron James will be ‘extremely frustrating’ for Kevin Love, won’t get easier

Kevin Love, Chris Bosh

Just two players in the last eight years have averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game in season – Chris Bosh and Kevin Love.

Bosh hasn’t sniffed those numbers in recent years for the same reason Love won’t any time soon.

LeBron James.

[ MORE: James not worried about Heat ]

For four years, Bosh limited his game with the Heat so LeBron (and to a lesser extent, Dwyane Wade) could excel. It paid off in a big way. Bosh won two championships, went to four Finals and played a prominent role in one of the NBA’s greatest experiments.

Now, Love will have to limit his game with the Cavaliers so LeBron (and to a lesser extent, Kyrie Irving) can excel. We don’t yet know how it will play out, but Cleveland’s goals are just as big as Miami’s.

From one star power forward turned LeBron sidekick to another, Bosh has some advice for Love:

Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

You don’t get your pick of the buffet.

“Exactly,” Bosh said. “You just get your entree and that’s it. It’s like, wait a minute, I need my appetizer and my dessert and my drink, what are you doing? And my bread basket. What is going on? I’m hungry! It’s a lot different. But if you can get through it, good things can happen. But it never gets easy. Even up until my last year of doing it, it never gets easier.”

“It’s going to be very difficult for him,” Bosh said of Love’s new task. “Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn’t make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It’s extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He’s going to have to deal with that.”

More than anything, this shows what incredible pressure the Cavaliers are facing.

Bosh has all these stern warnings – and that’s after the Heat achieved so much team success. Bosh’s sacrifices paid off how he hoped they would, and he still acknowledges how difficult it all was.

[ MORE: Bosh says he hasn’t talked to LeBron since the summer ]

What if Cleveland doesn’t win big? What if Love’s sacrifices go for naught? How will he handle it? If he grumbles, how will his teammates respond?

Putting three stars on one team is asking for a chemistry problem, and winning is the only cure.

Thankfully, when it comes to winning, having three stars helps just a little bit.

Chris Bosh says he hasn’t talked to LeBron since he returned to Cavaliers

Chris Bosh

LeBron James may not see Saturday’s preseason contest against his former Miami Heat teammates as being much of an issue, but at least one of them doesn’t appear to be viewing it the same way.

James had a close personal relationship with Dwyane Wade even before joining him in Miami, and both players have said that the bond will remain, despite LeBron leaving this summer to return to Cleveland in free agency.

Chris Bosh, however, isn’t exactly feeling all warm and fuzzy about seeing James on the opposing team this weekend.

From ESPN.com:

Asked by reporters if he had talked to his former teammate since James’ decision to leave the Heat, Bosh answered a succinct: “no.”

As to whether he was looking forward to seeing James on Saturday at the game in Rio de Janeiro, he replied with a lukewarm: “Yeah … I don’t know.”

“I’m in the mode where I’m trying to lead my team, help these guys out around here,” he said.

“If guys aren’t in this locker room I don’t have much time for them — if any.”

Bosh is usually thoughtful and honest when speaking with the media, so if this is truly how he views things, the fact that he’s willing to be so forthcoming about it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

But it does give fans something to hold onto in terms of looking for some sort of animosity to develop based on the prior relationship.

If Bosh truly wants to focus on his own team and what they are trying to accomplish, then feeding into the emotion of the reunion with comments that could be viewed as inflammatory probably isn’t the best way to handle the situation.