HOUSTON - Forward Michael Beasley, who was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2008, arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday to sign with the Rockets.
Beasley has most recently been playing in China, where he was named the Foreign Chinese Basketball Association Most Valuable Player in 2016.
“It’s a blessing for me, another chance to play basketball,” Beasley said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
“Just a chance to play basketball, just show who I am and what I can do.”
Drafted by the Miami Heat in 2008, he averaged better than 14 points and four rebounds a game before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves following the 2010 season.
With the Timberwolves Beasley averaged 19.2 points during the 2010-11 season, and 11.5 points the following year before being released.
Beasley also played one year with the Phoenix Suns and parts of two more seasons with the Heat before signing to play in China.
In 2016 with the Shandong Golden Stars Beasley averaged 32 points and 13 rebounds.
“I’m just playing basketball,” Beasley said. “Just doing what I’ve been doing my whole life.
“Just try to play the right way, try to make my teammates better.”
Now he gets another shot at the NBA.
Beasley said he hopes to bring the Rockets “hard work, help and a winning mentality.”
Beasley said he has known James Harden and Dwight Howard for a long time.”
“I’ve been knowing James since I was 13. Same thing with Dwight,” Beasley said.”
It’s definitely going to be good.”
Beasley played one season in Minnesota with Rockets forward Corey Brewer.
“It’s going to be a good reunion,”Beasley said. ‘It’s good. Brew’s a fun, energetic guy.
“He’s definitely fun to play with, and a great guy off the court.
Beasley was named the Most Valuable Player of the CBA All-Star game after scoring 63 points.