The Knicks have boosted their roster in recent days, officially coming to terms with Ron Baker and second-round pick Daymean Dotson, and reportedly agreeing to a one-year, veteran minimum deal with former No. 2 overall pick Michael Beasley.
Look for him to serve as depth as small forward behind Carmelo Anthony with NY, though his usage and overall impact would jump significantly if the Knicks deal Melo before the 2017-18 campaign gets underway in October or at some time ahead of next season's trade deadline.
Appearing in 56 regular-season games, including six starts, as a member of the Bucks, Beasley averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists over the course of 16.7 minutes per outing. The 6-9 forward averaged 9.4 points in just under 17 minutes per game. For his National Basketball Association career as a whole, he is now averaging 12.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 509 regular-season appearances, 206 starts and 23.5 minutes per contest.
But the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves in 2011 amid off-court issues that continued in Minnesota. Barring a trade, NY does not have any available cap space, so its deal with Beasley will be a one-year pact for the veteran's minimum of $2,116,955, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Now he's close to signing a player who was kicked out of the rookie orientation program, did a stint at a rehab center while with the Heat, mushed a spectator during a summer game at Dyckman Park and, more recently, was under investigation for sexual assault (all charges in that case were dropped and a judge threw out a subsequent $25 million lawsuit levied against Beasley). He shot a career-high 54.5 percent from the field while taking 7.3 shots per game.
That kind of talent coming off the bench in NY could be invaluable in ensuring that the Knicks get quality minutes when Anthony or Porzingis are on the bench.