We thought that Michael Beasley might be headed to China. The former No. 2 overall pick was suspended for five games by the NBA this summer for violating the league’s anti-drug policy back in the fall.
Beasley was still without an NBA team when that suspension came down, but now one squad is willing to take a chance on the mercurial forward.
According to multiple reports, the Detroit Pistons have signed Beasley to a one-year deal. It will be a non-guaranteed contract for the veteran’s minimum.
Via Twitter and the Detroit Free Press:
Multiple sources with firsthand knowledge of the situation tell the Free Press the Pistons are working toward an agreement on a one-year deal with free agent forward Michael Beasley.
When finalized, the deal would be non-guaranteed, meaning he would have to make the team to earn a veteran minimum salary.
A successful agreement would likely set up a cap battle with big man Christian Wood for the team’s 15th spot on the active roster.
What can Beasley bring to the table for the Pistons? That’s hard to say, especially as he hasn’t been particularly impactful over the past couple of years. Beasley hasn’t had a positive net rating since 2015-16.
But as is the case with most guys at the end of the bench, what they can really do doesn’t have a huge effect on the rest of the team. Beasley will need to keep his head down and perform efficiently if he wants to stay in the NBA this year. That’s a great place to start.