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Nets sign veteran F Beasley

FILE PHOTO: Dec. 14, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Phoenix Suns small forward Michael Beasley against the Utah Jazz at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Jazz 99-84. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets signed forward Michael Beasley as a substitute player for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the team announced Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team for Beasley, who will have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy last April.

Beasley, 31, played 26 games (two starts) for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, before being traded with Ivica Zubac to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mike Muscala on Feb. 7. The Clippers waived him two days later, and Beasley finished the season playing in China.

Beasley has played for seven NBA teams in 11 seasons since the Miami Heat selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of Kansas State. He has averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 609 career games (238 starts).

Brooklyn (30-34) resides in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and is solidly positioned for one of the conference’s eight playoff spots. The Nets have eight games remaining and are a half-game ahead of eighth-place Orlando (30-35) and six ahead of the ninth-place Washington Wizards (24-40).

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