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Report: Michael Beasley failed drug test in fall of 2018

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OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Michael Beasley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on February 2, 2019 in Oakland, California. 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. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Michael Beasley doesn’t have an NBA team. The free agent last played for the Los Angeles Lakers, and despite his contract status, has been suspended by the NBA for five games after violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

A collective scoff by the basketball internet wondered aloud how Beasley could violate the anti-drug policy and get suspended despite not having a team and it being the offseason. Now it appears that Beasley didn’t violate the policy this summer, but instead in the fall of 2018.

Via Twitter:

That’s an interesting delay. Beasley played in 26 games for the Lakers in 2018-19, including many in November, December, January, and February. Beasley was not with the team through the end of October through the first two weeks of November in 2018.

Beasley is reportedly eyeing a return to China where he played last season after being waived by the Los Angeles Clippers following his inclusion in the Ivica Zubac deal.