NBA Free Agency has predictably slowed to a crawl after Alridge and Monroe made his decisions to join new teams, and now is about the time when minimum salary guys are signed to fill out rosters. But even with a few intriguing openings throughout the NBA, Kansas State product Michael Beasley has decided to move his career to the Euroleague to play for BC Zalgiris.
The club is based in Kaunas, Lithuania, and has won a record 17 titles in the Lithuanian Basketball League, their domestic league, including five straight championships over the past five seasons. Coincidentally, just a month after Terry Rozier was drafted by the Boston Celtics, Beasley finds himself going to a European team whose nickname is 'The Green and White'.
Beasley joins point guard Mantas Kalnietis who was in the squid of Pacer in summer league. Right now Michael Beasley is the only American on the team. The team is doing research for another big man after 76ers/Kings draft pick A.Gudaitis decided join another team. Beasley most recently played in the Chinese Basketball Association, signing a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks on Oct. 9, 2014. He averaged 27.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.92 steals in 37 games while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor. His time with the Sharks was highlighted by capturing MVP honors at the 2015 CBA All-Star Game where he came off the bench to score a CBA All-Star Game record 59 points.
After that Michael Beasley joined Heat for a third time, with the team that drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick seven years ago. He averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists. Michael had a season performance, scoring 34 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Miami Heat ended their season with a 105-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, most of Beasley's work comes with a blemish, as the Heat didn't make playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The shocking part of all of this is that Beasley is reportedly set to take a major paycut while making his move to Lithuania. Per one report, Beasley's deal is for just $200,000 annually, which is over $1 million less than Beasley would get from a minimum contract in the NBA based on his tenure. We'll continue to update the fine print of Beasley's deal, but for at least a season, it appears as if he'll be adjusting to life in a new country.