Michael Beasley opted to play in China this season, and he killed it over there. It’s his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association, and playing for the Shandong Golden Stars, the 27-year-old averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 boards, 3.8 dimes and 1.3 blocks per game—enough to win him the Foreign MVP Award. The Domestic MVP was given to fellow former NBAer Yi Jianlian, whose team (Guangdong Southern Tigers) swept Beasley’s in the CBA playoffs.
Remember, Beasley also dropped an absurd 63 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists in the CBA All-Star Game this year, winning MVP honors.
Like last year, Beasley is likely eyeing a late-season return to the NBA, where ESPN’s Marc Stein says he’ll have some interest:
ESPN sources say perennial Euro power Maccabi Tel Aviv tried to sign Michael Beasley but was told Beas is NBA-bound once China's season ends
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 24, 2016
Beaz played in 24 games for Miami last season after returning from China, and averaged 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.3 apg in those contests. Would you want your favorite team to take a flyer on B-Easy?