Michael Beasley is currently not on an NBA team for the 2019-20 season, but if he signs with one, he won’t be able to play in the first five games of the year.
The NBA announced a five-game suspension for Beasley today for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.
Beasley has had well-publicized issues in the past involving marijuana use, but this is the first time he’s been suspended by the NBA.
Free agent Michael Beasley has been suspended five games by the NBA for violating anti-drug policy.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 8, 2019
Beasley last played for the Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in 26 games in 2018-19 before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in February. After being waived by the Clippers two days later, Beasley signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley has played 11 seasons in the league with seven different franchises. He owns career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 609 games.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Beasley ends up on a roster at some point next season, even with this suspension. He’s still only 30, and has displayed an ability to score throughout his career.
This news won’t help him find a job in the league though.