Michael Beasley was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, but has never come close to living up to his potential.
Off-court issues, along with a lack of focus and maturity have plagued Beasley consistently during his six NBA seasons, and after his latest stint in Miami, it was unclear whether or not he’d get a real look from anyone else.
But the list of teams that want to be the one to revitalize a troubled player’s career is long, and the Memphis Grizzlies have become the latest to give Beasley yet another shot.
Free-agent forward Michael Beasley has agreed to join the Memphis Grizzlies in training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Beasley spent several days working out for Grizzlies this week and chose that offer because of an opportunity to make the roster as a backup power forward.
Beasley spent several weeks working out for teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.
L.A. has enough problems, and the Spurs, had they actually gone through with it, would have likely been doing so to prove their organizational superiority more than they would have been adding a true contributor to the roster.
But Memphis has a need, and it’s one that Beasley obviously believes he has a realistic chance of filling. Either that, or there were simply no formal offers for him to come to training camp anywhere else.
The deal is non-guaranteed, so there’s zero risk here for the Grizzlies. On Beasley’s side, he gets another opportunity to show a new franchise that he’s matured, and can focus enough to tap into the potential that many saw in him all those years ago.