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NBA veteran, former No. 2 pick Michael Beasley signs to play in China

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - LA Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 10: Michael Beasley #50 of the Portland Trail Blazers handles the ball during the game against the LA Clippers during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 10, 2021 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Last summer Michael Beasley tried to make an NBA comeback by playing for the Trail Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League. He put up decent raw numbers — averaging 11.4 points a game and shooting 45% from 3 — but he didn’t pass the eye test. When you watched him play, he didn’t jump out as an NBA player in that setting.

This summer, Beasley is taking the money and heading to China, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Beasley, 33, is the former No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft (behind Derrick Rose), played 11 seasons in the NBA but since 2019 has bounced around several overseas teams. Beasley should put up impressive numbers for the Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association — not a league known for its defense.