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Houston Rockets confirm the signing of Michael Beasley

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The Houston Rockets haven't had the greatest of times recently, with the Western Conference finals runners-up struggling to hold onto the 8th seed at the moment.

However, the Rockets have today decided to make an addition, bringing in an MVP for the stretch run of the season having confirmed the signing of Michael Beasley, in a statement posted on their website.

Beasley, who had been playing in China - where he was named MVP of the league - joins the Rockets after an interesting career and looks to help them cement their spot in the playoff picture in the West. 

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Having been the second overall draft pick in 2008 by the Miami Heat, big things were expected of Beasley. 

The Maryland-native was a one-and-done at Kansas State, coming into college as the number one ranked high school player in the nation and leaving the Wildcats as the Sporting News and USBWA Freshman of the Year. 

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Things haven't quite worked out for Beasley, however. He spent his first two seasons with the Heat before returning to Miami in 2013. In between those stints, the forward played for the Timberwolves and the Suns, averaging just 13 points and 4.8 rebounds in seven seasons in the NBA - not what you'd expect from a second overall pick.

Beasley spent this past season in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he averaged 31.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals for the Shandong Golden Stars one his way to winning that aforementioned MVP award.

Beasley is the second player the Rockets have brought in from China in as many days after signing shooting guard Andrew Goudelock to a two-year deal.

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