Michael Beasley didn't even finish last season on an NBA roster, but even if he does sign for a team, he'll have to sit out the first few games of the year. Per Shams Charania, Beasley has been suspended for five games for violating the league's anti-drug policy.
Beasley spent most of the 2018-19 season with the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Clippers for Mike Muscala right before the trade deadline. The former No. 2 overall pick was waived two days later and signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.
Free agent Michael Beasley has been suspended five games by the NBA for violating anti-drug policy.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 8, 2019
Since Beasley is currently signed to a CBA team, his suspension would begin at the start of a new deal with an NBA team. Beasley still has the capacity to perform, showing off his scoring ability on a lousy Knicks team during the 2017-18 season.
In New York, Beasley averaged 13.2 points per game -- the highest mark since 2011, when he averaged 19.2 with the Timberwolves. He couldn't find his footing on the Lakers though, averaging 7 points through 26 games with limited opportunity.
Michael Beasley was a monster at Kansas State!— ThrowbackHoops (@ThrowbackHoops) August 8, 2019
B-Easy finished with 34 pts 11 rebs and hit the game winner. (2008) pic.twitter.com/vBoOC1P6Y7
The door shouldn't be completely shut on a NBA return for B-Easy. If a team is desperate for some scoring and has an open roster spot, they could plug him in right away. Well, after five games.