Report: Michael Beasley to sign with Houston Rockets for rest of season
Daryl Morey is about to sign an MVP.
Not that Michael Beasley is what most Rockets fans have in mind to save their season, but he was just named the MVP of the Chinese Basketball Association.
With his team eliminated from the playoffs and his contract is up, Beasley is flying to Houston, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Sources say Michael Beasley is en route to Houston to sign with the Rockets on a rest-of-the-season deal ... with a team option next season— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 2, 2016
The Rockets are locked in a battle with Utah for the final playoff spot in the West, they are looking for all the roster help then can get. Houston has a lot of depth at the four, but they are not getting much consistent play from the combination of Clint Capela, Josh Smith, Terrence Jones, and Montrezl Harrell. Beasley will slide into that group (as might Donatas Motiejunas, although he could play some backup five behind Dwight Howard). We’ll see how much he helps.
Beasley averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, plus shot better than 40 percent from three leading the Shandong Golden Stars to the playoffs. Beasley was named to the Chinese League All-Star team and for the second straight year won the MVP of that game. The numbers are impressive, but the defense played in the Chinese league is not so those stats are skewed. We’ll see how much he can contribute in the NBA (at both ends of the court).