Michael Beasley is once again trying to get the NBA back.
This time, the 11-year-old veteran will have to prove himself worthy as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers summer league roster, “Athletic”. The team will travel to Las Vegas on August 8-17 to participate in the summer league.
Beasley has been sidelined from the NBA since 2019. After spending most of the season with the Lakers, he was sold to the Clipers two days later. The 32-year-old spent the rest of the season at the Chinese Basketball Association as part of the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Beasley tried to return in the summer of 2020 shortly after and signed a contract with the Brooklyn Nets as a backup player in the bubble. However, he left the team shortly after the test gave COVID-19 a positive result.
After graduating from college, Beasley was named Generation Talent. The forward averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game in Kansas. He won the Player of the Year award for 12 years and was the All-American first group pick after leading the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
After his first season, Beasley announced his move to the NBA. He was selected as the No. 2 contestant of 2008 by the Miami Heat.
Since then, he has been around the entire league, collaborating with the Timberwolves, Suns, Bucks, Rockets and Knicks, as well as touring China several times. During his time in the NBA, Beasley averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
As the Zach Collins and Carmelo Anthony become free agents this summer and could force Damian Lillard out of town, the Blazers will need help at home. Beasley’s test will help determine if there is gasoline left in his tank in Portland and if it could potentially be compatible.