Michael Beasley is set to return to the NBA and join the Houston Rockets featuring the likes of James Harden, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Patrick Beverley.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Beasley is “close to an agreement” with the Rockets and set to sign a deal for the rest of the current regular season and an option for the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
If the reports are true, this will Beasley’s second return stint to the NBA.
After playing for the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns from 2008 to 2014, Beasley moved to the China Basketball Association (CBA) in 2014-2015 playing for the Shanghai Sharks. He returned to the NBA playing for the Heat in 2014-2015.
This season in the CBA, Beasley played for the Shandong Flaming Bulls where he posted double-double averages of 31.7 point and 13.2 rebounds plus 3.8 assists.
Beasley’s best years in the NBA came in the 2010-2011 season playing for the Timberwolves. He averaged career-highs 19.2 points and 6.4 rebounds that season. In his last stint in the NBA for the Heat in 2014-2015, Beasley averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds.
However, Beasley did not last in the NBA because of apparent issues on and off the court. Beasley was the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Heat.
It is not known how Beasley will fit in with the Rockets as the team already features forwards Smith, Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Montrezl Harrell.
There’s also the question of his influence in the locker room as there are some reported tension between the Rockets stars of Harden and Howard.
Beasley will try to help a Rockets team that is struggling this season. Before their game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, Houston has a record of 29 wins against 31 losses for the year or just in eighth place in the Western Conference.
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