Reports: Michael Beasley is attracting interest from 'a host' of NBA outfits

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Former three-time Miami Heat man Michael Beasley is reportedly garnering a lot of interest from 'a clutch of NBA teams' after an excellent year in China for the Shandong Golden Stars.

The 27-year-old averaged 31.7 points and 13.2 rebounds per game this season before the Golden Stars' exit to the Guandong Southern Tigers in the first round of the Chinese playoffs.

During the last of his three spells with the Heat in 2015, Maryland-born Beasley averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in the 24 games he featured in. But, after two consecutive CBA All-Star appearances in Asia, which spawned as many MVP awards, the former Kansas State freshmen has significantly rebuilt his stock.

Beasley was the number two draft pick in 2008 and ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that a number of teams are keeping an eye on the forward with a view to a late-season contract now his obligations in Asia are fulfilled.

On the offensive end, there's a ton of teams that could do with Beasley's qualities. The last time he was a true starter was in the 2010-11 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves where he averaged an impressive 19.2 points a night.

It would appear a break abroad has helped his stroke from the perimeter, too. Beasley has been dropping around 40 percent of his threes during his time in China.

Doc Rivers - now Los Angeles Clippers general manager - said back in 2011 that he believed Beasley could grow to be one of the best scorers in the NBA.

Rivers said: "I think one day he may lead the league in scoring. He just knows how to score the ball. He has a Carmelo [Anthony] ability to score the ball."

Perhaps a spell overseas has given Beasley the confidence in his abilities he needed. At his age, and given his recent production, it's no surprise a host of NBA outfits are sniffing around the former All-Star Rookie First-Teamer, especially with the business end of the season fast approaching.

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