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Michael Beasley joins Detroit Pistons, unites with Derrick Rose

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, August 11, 2019 3:58pm

National Basketball Association journeyman and former Chinese Basketball Association Foreign Most Valuable Player Michael Beasley has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, uniting him with Derrick Rose.

Beasley—the number 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Rookie Draft—last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game in 26 games last season. His season ended when he was included in the Ivica Zubac-Mike Muscala trade with the Clippers, and rode the rest of the year out with China’s Guangdong Southern Tigers.

He will be playing alongside Rose, the top overall pick in the same draft class who also signed with the Pistons on a two-year deal in July.
 
While Rose has seen stardom and even won an NBA MVP award, Beasley has transferred from one team to another through the last 11 years. Beasley started his career with the Miami Heat before joining the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns before returning to Miami in 2014.

A few months into the 2014 season, he flew to China and suited up for the Shanghai Sharks, playing for the team from until 2015—when he was named a CBA All-Star. He had a short stint with Miami once more in 2015 before he went back to China to play for the Shangdong Golden Stars until 2016.

Beasley was also a CBA All-Star in 2016, and he was named All-Star MVP in his two appearances. He was also named CBA MVP in 2016. That same year, he went back to the NBA and had a three-year run spent with the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, and the Lakers.

He had another run in China with the Guangdong Southern Tigers, winning the CBA championship earlier this year.

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