NBA Rumors: Michael Beasley is back from China; Mavs, Thunder potential suitors

NBA Rumors: Michael Beasley is back from China; Mavs, Thunder potential suitors

Former no.2 overall pick Michael Beasley is drawing interest from multiple NBA teams after another stellar stint in the Chinese Basketball League, NBA insider Marc Stein of ESPN reported on Wednesday.

Beasley, who averaged 31.9 points and 13.2 rebounds in 36 minutes per game for the Shandong Golden Stars in the CBA, is planning another NBA comeback, and several teams are already monitoring his availability.

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Beasley appeared for 24 games with the Heat last season, but Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel already confirmed that Miami isn’t interested to bring him back.

“The Heat are not among the teams reportedly thinking about signing former NBA player Michael Beasley, whose season in the Chinese Basketball Association recently ended, Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel relays. Beasley has spent four of his seven NBA seasons as a member of the Heat, including 24 appearances for the franchise last season,” (H/t Hoops Rumors).

Still, Beasley will remain as one of the most-sought NBA veterans returning from the CBA not only because of his crazy numbers he put up there, but also the maturity he has shown over the past two years.

Although Stein did not specify the teams interested in Beasley, it can be assumed that these are playoff-contending teams looking for depth at the forward spot.

The Dallas Mavericks, who already added David Lee and are reportedly after Kevin Martin if the Minnesota Timberwolves eventually buys him out of his contract, could make a run at the former Kansas State phenom. Another team insiders are closely watching is the Oklahoma City Thunder simply because of Beasley’s association with superstar Kevin Durant.

Beasley averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds over seven NBA season, four of which with the Heat. Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv also expressed interest, but Beasley is firm in his goal of playing in the NBA again.

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