Blazers add Michael Beasley to summer league team

Michael Beasley is attempting yet another NBA comeback.

This time, the 11-year veteran will have to prove his worth as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers’ Summer League roster, according to The Athletic. The team will travel to Las Vegas to take part in the Summer League between August 8-17.

Beasley has been out of the NBA since 2019. After spending the majority of the season with the Lakers, he was traded to the Clippers, who waived him two days later. The 32-year-old spent the remainder of the season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Beasley briefly attempted a comeback in the summer of 2020, signing with the Brooklyn Nets as a substitute player in the bubble. However, he left the team shortly after testing positive for COVID-19.

Coming out of college, Beasley was labeled as a generational talent. The forward averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game at Kansas State. He was awarded the Big 12 Player of the Year award and was an All-American First-team selection after taking the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Michael Beasley will attempt to rejoin the NBA this summer with the Trail Blazers.
Michael Beasley will attempt to rejoin the NBA this summer with the Trail Blazers.

After his freshman season, Beasley declared for the NBA. He was selected by the Miami Heat as the No. 2 overall pick in 2008.

Since then, he has been all around the league, having stints with the Timberwolves, Suns, Bucks, Rockets and Knicks, as well as multiple tours in China. Throughout his NBA career, Beasley has averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

With Zach Collins and Carmelo Anthony both set to be free agents this summer, and Damian Lillard potentially forcing his way out of town, the Blazers will need some help in their frontcourt. Beasley’s try-out will help Portland see if he has any gas left in the tank and if he can be a potential fit.

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