Michael Beasley considering a return to the NBA?
Veteran forward Michael Beasley, the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, is training in Miami in hopes of making an NBA comeback, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, who says Beasley and his reps have been in touch with multiple teams.
In a candid chat with Scotto, Beasley opened up about his NBA career to date, revisiting some of the good times, including his season with the Knicks in 2017-18, and the bad, like his time with the Lakers in 2018. -19.
“My mother died when I was playing for the Lakers” Beasley said. “I fought for it and came back. My cousin died the game. I forgot my shorts in Oklahoma. I was fighting that day, trying to fight. I wanted to go to the funeral, but I was already gone when my mom died. I just wanted to be there for the team, and the whole world laughed at me. … It hurt me. I’m not going to lie.
Beasley is now 33 and has been out of the league since 2019, but he tells Scotto he’s “the best I’ve ever been” and has spent the past three years “honing my craft at every level of the game.” both sides of the ball.”
Agent Charles Briscoe tells Scotto (Twitter link) that the NBA sent a memo to teams informing them that Beasley will be eligible to return to play on February 14. paperwork after a brief stint in Puerto Rico, or whatever. Either way, it looks like he’ll be an option for NBA teams in a few weeks.
Here are some other odds and ends from the basketball world:
- The NBA has announced a new format for its Rising Stars event during All-Star Weekend, which will take place on Friday, February 18. The event will feature four teams of seven players competing in a three-game tournament (two semi-finals and one final). The roster will consist of 12 NBA rookies, 12 sophomores and four G League Ignite players, while games will be played to a target score: 50 points in the semi-finals and 25 points in the finals, in honor of the league’s 75th anniversary season.
- After signing NBA G League contracts, veteran wingers Treveon Graham and Wes Iwundu have new squads, according to Marc Stein (Twitter link), who learns from league sources that Graham was acquired by the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn branch), while Iwundu joined the Cleveland Charge (Cavaliers branch).
- Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman provides a stock report on some of the top prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft class, identifying Duke forward AJ Griffin, G League Ignite forward MarJon Beauchamp and LSU’s Tari Eason as some players who get on the draft boards.