Former Kansas State forward Michael Beasley is close to signing a one-year deal with the New York Knicks, Basketball Insiders’ Michael Scotto reported.
Beasley, 28, played for the Wildcats’ 2007-08 squad, earning Big 12 Player of the Year and consensus All-American honors while scoring 26.2 points per game and grabbing an NCAA-leading 12.4 rebounds per game. After the Miami Heat selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In addition to the Heat, Beasley has played for the Timberwolves, the Suns, the Rockets and the Bucks, as well as some stints in China. Last season with Milwaukee, Beasley scored 9.4 points per game off the Bucks’ bench, but he posted career highs in both shooting percentage (53.3 percent) and 3-point percentage (41.9 percent). Beasley has scored 12.6 points per game in his NBA career.
As it stands now, Beasley will likely back up Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who had an NCAA freshman-record 22 doubles with Syracuse before Beasley racked up 28 with the Wildcats.