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Report: Michael Beasley tests positive for coronavirus, may not make Nets roster

The Brooklyn Nets’ roster appears to have suffered another blow after Michael Beasley tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Beasley has been sent home by the Nets, and it is unknown if he will be able to play for the team in Orlando.

The Nets have been one of the teams hit hardest by COVID-19. Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, and Taurean Prince have all tested positive, and will not play in Orlando. Wilson Chandler has opted out as well, and the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were already ruled out due to injuries.

Beasley was actually signed to help fill out the depleted roster, but now his status is in doubt. Regardless of whether he plays or not, the Nets will be virtually unrecognizable in Orlando.

Michael Beasley would have to serve 5-game suspension before playing games for Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are working hard to fill out their roster ahead of the resumed season in Orlando and are looking towards some veterans to fill spots, including Michael Beasley.

The Nets will be without Taurean Prince, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton in Orlando. They have agreed to a deal with Jamal Crawford and are working towards a deal with Beasley, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

One interesting note about Beasley is that he would have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy last year.

All teams in the Orlando bubble are scheduled to play eight games. At worst, the Nets would fall to the ninth spot and be guaranteed two play-in games to determine which team gets the eighth seed. That means Beasley would be eligible to play in at least five games for Brooklyn despite his suspension.

Beasley, 31, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He last played 26 games for the Lakers in the 2018-2019 season and averaged 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.

Michael Beasley, Pistons reportedly agree to contract

Michael Beasley may be back in the NBA next season after all.

Beasley and the Detroit Pistons have agreed to a one-year deal, as first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

News of Beasley’s deal with Detroit comes two days after Charania reported that Beasley would be suspended the first five games of the season due to a drug violation.

The 30-year-old forward played 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season before being traded to the Clippers, who waived him. Beasley averaged 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.

Michael Beasley suspended five games for drug violation

Michael Beasley is not currently signed with an NBA team, but if he does join one, he will be facing a suspension.

Beasley has been suspended five games for a drug violation, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Thursday.

The 30-year-old forward played 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season before being traded to the Clippers, who waived him. Beasley averaged 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.

The No. 2 overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley signed in February to play in China. He has twice been involved in marijuana possession incidents.

Lakers’ Michael Beasley tried to check into game wearing wrong shorts

Michael Beasley shorts

Michael Beasley tried to check into the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Only there was one hiccup: Beasley had a wardrobe issue.

Beasley reported to the scorer’s table and didn’t realize he was wearing the team’s warm-up shorts, so he had to run back into the locker room to change:

The moment was already captured and shared by Shaqtin’ a Fool, so you know it’s going to be a part of lowlights.

As embarrassing of a mistake this was, Beasley shouldn’t feel too badly — he has plenty of company.

New teammate was surprised that LeBron chose Lakers

LeBron James

Count Michael Beasley among those who was a bit taken aback at the way the summer played out.

In an interview with Leo Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report that ran on Thursday, the new Los Angeles Lakers forward indicated that he was surprised at LeBron James’ decision to sign with the team.

“A little piece of me didn’t think he’d leave Cleveland,” said Beasley. “But every time I make a [prediction] like that, it’s always the opposite. I didn’t think he was gonna leave Cleveland, so I knew he was gonna leave Cleveland. I 100 percent didn’t think L.A.

“I thought the Philly situation made sense,” he added. “Teams that already had things in place to win the championship made sense. But when you listen to him speak and watch him play and watch how every team he brought to the Finals was all him making the situation 100 times better, it makes sense now.”

Beasley also said that he originally crossed the Lakers off as a destination for himself after James joined but that his agent “had something up his sleeve.”

The two were previously teammates on the Miami Heat in the 2013-14 season, making the NBA Finals together. They definitely had their ups and downs during that time, and now we can look forward to Round 2 in Los Angeles.

Michael Beasley, Lakers reportedly agree to one-year deal

The Los Angeles Lakers’ wild and crazy summer continues.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Friday that free agent forward Michael Beasley has agreed to a deal with the Lakers. The deal is for one year and $3.5 million.

Beasley, 29, averaged a solid 13.2 points in 22.3 minutes per game for the New York Knicks last season. He previously played with LeBron James on the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season and often earned The King’s ire.

The former No. 2 overall pick should be able to provide instant offense off the bench for the Lakers. However, he will be yet another oddball character in the locker room to go along with the team’s signings of Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo in addition to James this offseason.

Erik Spoelstra responds to Michael Beasley’s shots at him

Erik Spoelstra doesn’t appear to be too riled up over his former player Michael Beasley’s recent comments about him.

Speaking on Friday before a game against Beasley’s New York Knicks, the Miami Heat coach responded to the shots that the former No. 2 pick took at him this week. Here is what he said, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:

Spoelstra also added this, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel:

Earlier this week, Beasley, who played with the Heat for four total seasons, criticized Spoelstra for not believing in him enough during his Miami days. You can read the veteran forward’s full remarks here.

Indeed, Beasley’s first two seasons in Miami coincided with Spoelstra’s first two seasons as head coach. Since then however, Spoelstra has won two titles and become one of the most respected and longest-tenured coaches in the NBA, while Beasley is now at his tenth pro stop in just eight years. That may help explain the difference in their respective comments towards each other.

Michael Beasley takes shots at Heat, former coach Erik Spoelstra

Michael Beasley has a bit of a bone to pick with the team that drafted him.

In an interview with the New York Post’s Marc Berman that ran Thursday, the veteran forward took shots at the Miami Heat and his ex-coach Erik Spoelstra.

“I feel I could’ve gotten more out of that organization,” said Beasley. “I feel Spo could have believed in me a lot more than he did. It’s in the past. [There’s] no love lost.

“There’s a lot of guys who didn’t play defense,” he continued, hinting that Spoelstra would single him out for his poor defensive play. “When the game is over and it’s 4-2 at the final buzzer, then you can hold one person accountable for the defense. When teams [are] scoring 100 points a game…”

Beasley did speak highly of Heat president Pat Riley, however, saying of Riley, “He’s a Hall of Famer — one of my favorite people in the world. He helped me in life.” But the 28-year-old did add that Riley “might owe me some things.”

Beasley was drafted by the Heat with the No. 2 overall pick in the loaded 2008 draft, ahead of the likes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Unfortunately, he failed to meet expectations in South Beach and was gone by the time The Big Three era kicked off in 2010 (though he did return to Miami for two subsequent stints in the 2013-14 season and again in the 2014-15 season).

Granted, the former Kansas State star has somewhat redeemed himself with the New York Knicks this season, averaging 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in just 18.5 minutes per game. But you can be the judge of whether Beasley’s struggles in Miami were the result of Spoelstra’s coaching or his own doing.

Michael Beasley receives MVP chants during Knicks game

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Michael Beasley is not a fan favorite.

The former No. 2 pick received MVP chants from the New York Knicks fans in attendance for Thursday night’s game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Take a look:

In a game where Kristaps Porzingis was benched amid an 0-for-11 shooting night, it was Beasley who stepped in and took over. Beasley was dominant in the second half and established a season high for points.

Beasley has been on a great stretch lately for the Knicks. He scored 23 and 30 points in the team’s two previous games. He entered Thursday’s game averaging over 15 points on 51.4 percent shooting for the month of December.