ESPN The New York Knicks have signed former No. 2 overall draft pick Michael Beasley to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. League sources told ESPN the deal is for the veteran’s minimum, which is $2,116,955, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Beasley, originally drafted by the Miami Heat in 2008, averaged 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game last season for the Milwaukee Bucks. He shot a career-high 54.5 percent from the field while taking 7.3 shots per game.
In a surprising and interesting move, the New York Knicks have signed veteran forward Michael Beasley to a one year deal for the veterans minimum. The 28-year-old Beasley is coming off of an effective season with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he was an efficient scorer and solid rebounder for the second unit, and seemed to revitalize his career as a contributor off of the bench. It’s tough to see how Michael Beasley fits with the Knicks as presently constructed, and while some experts say that this is purely a depth signing and Beasley will play the role recently filled by Derrick Williams (during the 2015-2016 season), there are conspiracy theories that the signing of Beasley is another sign of an impending Carmelo Anthony trade. There is no doubt that, while Carmelo Anthony is the superior player by miles, Beasley and Anthony play the same position and have very similar styles of play. If minutes were to open up at that position, because Carmelo Anthony was no longer on the roster, Beasley could at least be serviceable filling in that role. There is smoke here, and when there is smoke there is normally fire, there is a decent chance that when Michael Beasley first suits up for the New York Knicks he will not be backing up Carmelo Anthony. Beasley might be teammates with Kevin Love. Or Kyrie Irving. Or a plethora of players from the Rockets and a third team. I think that I speak for all my fellow Knicks fans when I say PLEASE LET IT BE KYRIE IRVING!