“We’re excited to add a player with Michael’s skill set to our team,” general manager John Hammond said. “He’s someone that we’ve kept our eye on the last few seasons and we’re looking forward to watching him compete throughout training camp and the season.”
Beasley, 27, appeared in 20 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per contest. The capable scorer was a solid contributor off the bench late in the season and in the playoffs for Houston.
Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical explained Milwaukee's rationale for pulling the trigger on the trade:
The Bucks will have no shortage of long, athletic forwards and wings. The 6'8" Jabari Parker will start at power forward, while budding superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11") will remain the team's primary ball-handler from the 3. The 6'11" John Henson and 7'1" Thon Maker will be available off the bench as well.
But Beasley gives the team a nice scorer on the wing, especially if the Antetokounmpo is on the bench or the Bucks want to go with a big lineup behind the Greek Freak at point guard.
Beasley has played only 44 games over the past two seasons, however, so he's hardly a guarantee to be productive in the team's rotation. For that reason, Matt Moore of CBS Sports thinks the Rockets got the better end of the deal:
Nonetheless, he adds to the frontcourt depth and gives the team another scorer to ease the loss of Khris Middleton, who the team announced suffered a hamstring injury Wednesday.
Beasley still has a chance to live up to some of the potential that made him the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA draft. He's unlikely to ever be a star, but if he can provide double-digit scoring off the bench, as he did late last year, the Bucks will take it.
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