Michael Beasley will play for the Portland Trail Blazers in the Vegas Summer League.
Beasley was the no. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft behind Derrick Rose.
He last played in the NBA on February 6, 2019 for the L.A. Lakers who traded him the next day to the Clippers, who in turn, waived him two days later.
One of the biggest enigmas in NBA history could be making a return next season.
Former no. 2 pick Michael Beasley, once touted as a future franchise player, will be attempting to make an NBA comeback.
According to a report from The Athletic, Beasley has signed a deal to play for the Portland Trail Blazers in the upcoming Summer League on August 8-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in the UNLV campus.
Michael Beasley will play for the Blazers Summer League team in August, per @ShamsCharania pic.twitter.com/VwQ1Omcgk8
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 1, 2021
Beasley has not played an NBA game since February 6, 2019 when he last suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was traded by the Lakers to the Clippers along with Ivica Zubac for Mike Muscala the following day and was waived by the Clippers on February 9th.
2nd Pick of the 2008 NBA Draft
Michael Beasley Kansas State
26.2 points 12.4 rebounds pic.twitter.com/psDF6JXS1j
— Reginald B Myers (@polo_man404) April 7, 2020
Beasley was the no. 2 overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft behind Derrick Rose after a spectacular freshman season at Kansas State where he averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Literally a walking bucket, Beasley led the NCAA in rebounding and was a consensus First Team All-American in his only collegiate season.
But Beasley was never able to live up to the expectations of being a future franchise player in the NBA. Although he is proven and acknowledged to be one of the best scorers to grace the NBA, he could not find a permanent home because of his inability to play defense and his tendency to get himself in trouble off the basketball court.
As a result, he bounced around the league, playing for the Heat, Timberwolves, Suns, Rockets, Bucks, Knicks, and Lakers. He also had three stints with the CBA in China, winning the All-Star MVP twice, Foreign MVP in 2016 and CBA champion in 2019.
Beasley was supposed to play for the Brooklyn Nets at last season’s bubble tournament in Orlando as a replacement for Spencer Dinwiddie. But he caught COVID-19 and was unable to play for the Nets.
Zach Collins Injury & Free Agency
Zach Collins has re-fractured his foot, per @ShamsCharania
The Blazers big man will be a free agent this offseason pic.twitter.com/rYhECrnjSH
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) June 29, 2021
The Blazers could be taking a look at Beasley after it was recently reported that big man Zach Collins re-fractured his foot. Collins missed the entire 2020-21 season with the injury and Portland was hoping to get him back next season, only to find out that he hurt it again. Collins will be a free agent this season and the Blazers have some decisions to make.
Veteran scorer Carmelo Anthony is also a free agent this offseason so Portland may be looking at other options in their front court just in case. The Blazers also have a new head coach in Chauncey Billups and there are rumors that there could be roster changes this coming season after Portland exited in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.
Given that he will be playing with unproven kids in the Summer League so if he is in shape there’s no question that he will shine there, especially since the Vegas games don’t focus too much on defense. And while there’s no guarantee he will land a spot on the Blazers’ roster, Beasley will have the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of other scouts so this is a good move on his part if he wants to return to the NBA.
Not many players get a second chance in the NBA. But Michael Beasley has probably gotten more chances to return to the league, only for him to waste every one of them. At 32, he’s not getting any younger and this could be his last opportunity. Will he make the most of it? That remains to be seen.