The “Walking Bucket” is walking all the way back to China.
Michael Beasley, who last played in an NBA game in February 2019, is returning to professional basketball with a “seven-figure deal” with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, The Athletic reported Sunday. More specific terms of the pact were unclear.
The 33-year-old, who has played for seven different teams since becoming the No. 2 pick in 2008, has been all over the map.
This will be his second stint with the Sharks, with whom he first signed in 2014 after playing with the Heat, Timberwolves and Suns.
He returned to Miami in 2015, only to bounce back to China — this time with the Shandong Golden Stars (now the Shandong Hi-Speed Kirin) — for the 2015-16 season. He was back in the NBA in 2016 and stuck with the Knicks for the 2017-18 campaign, when he scored 13.2 points per game for a 29-53 squad under Jeff Hornacek.
He last played with the Lakers in ’19, which was followed by another trip to China to play with Guangdong. He then signed with the Nets for the Bubble tournament in 2020, only to test positive for the coronavirus, and the lefty guard played in Puerto Rico last year.
Beasley, who called himself a “Walking Bucket” when he played home games at the Garden, does not appear to be walking away from the game soon.