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Rumor: Michael Beasley could be heading back to China

Guangdong Southern Tigers v Shandong Golden Stars - CBA 15/16 Play-off Quarter-final

DONGGUAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 17: (CHINA OUT) Michael Beasley #6 of Shandong Golden Stars reacts during the Chinese Basketball Association 15/16 season play-off quarter-final match between Guangdong Southern Tigers and Shandong Golden Stars at Dongguan Arena on February 17, 2016 in Dongguan, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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The NBA suspended Michael Beasley on Thursday for a violation of its drug policy. Beasley, who is not currently with an NBA team and is a free agent, received a five-game suspension.

This is a poor development for the former No. 2 overall pick from 2008, who now appears to be eyeing a return to China.

According to a rumor from Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Beasley has a potential deal lined up overseas.

Via Twitter:

Beasley played in China in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019. He last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019 before being traded and waived to the Los Angeles Clippers. Beasley signed in China soon after, just in time for the CBA finals with the Guangdong Southern Tigers.

Beasley is now 30 years old, and his skill set never really rounded into shape. At this point, heading to China and making a boatload of cash to score 22 points every night seems like the right call for B-Easy.