Michael Beasley signs 1-year deal to play for Yao’s Shahghai Sharks


michael-beasleyFormer NBA forward Michael Beasley will be playing the next season in China, as he wasn’t able to land a spot on an NBA team, according to Yahoo Sports.

The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft has agreed to  sign a deal with the Shanghai Sharks in China, team currently owned by ex-NBA star Yao Ming.

Beasley tried to comeback to the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies this summer, however has decided to play in China for a guaranteed one-year contract.

Beasley was drafted by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft. He played his first two seasons there, averaging 13.9 and 14.8 ppg respectively.

Then Beasley was sent to Minnesota, where he averaged career high 19.2 ppg in 2010-2011, but the following year his production dropped to 11.5 ppg.

The next year Beasley signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns, where he averaged 10.1 ppg. Beasley spent his last season in the NBA with the Heat again, averaging career-low 7.9 ppg.

He appeared in total of 409 NBA games, starting in 199, averaging 13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg in 24.9 mpg.

Beasley won’t be the only former NBA player in Shanghai – the Sharks added former Cavaliers guard Delonte West to their roster in September.


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