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F Beasley signs to play in China

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Forward Michael Beasley’s NBA career never panned out like he or many others thought after he was drafted as the second overall pick in 2008 by Miami.

On Thursday, his NBA career came to a screeching halt when the 25-year-old Beasley was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.

But his playing career continues. Beasley has signed to play for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. The Sharks are owned by former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming.

Beasley had been trying to earn a spot on the Memphis Grizzlies’ roster after spending last season with the Heat. Illness during the preseason had limited his playing time and made Beasley a long shot at sticking with Memphis.

His best season came while a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010-2011 when he averaged 19 points per game. But his production decreased every year since. Last year with the Heat, he averaged just 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Beasley could find his way back into the NBA come March when the CBA season ends. At that time, he will be a free agent and free to sign with any team.

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