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Michael Beasley, Knicks ‘nearing’ a 2-year deal, per report

The former second overall pick may be headed to New York.

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Michael Beasley and the New York Knicks have signed a one-year deal, the Knicks announced on Thursday. Beasley, a former No. 2 overall pick, played 56 games with the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

The deal would be for the veteran’s minimum, reports ESPN’s Ian Begley.

This will be Beasley’s 10th season in the league, although his previous two only happened after stints in China wrapped up. Last year was the first time in three years that Beasley spent his entire time in the NBA, and he would have played more if not for a nasty last season knee injury that caused him to miss 17 games.

Beasley was largely effective off the bench for the Bucks, averaging 9.4 points on 53 percent from the field and even 42 percent on three-pointers on limited attempts.

For the Knicks, Beasley may be a starter, assuming Carmelo Anthony is traded before opening day (like it appears he will be). He’s a combo forward, able to play either spot effectively with his 6’9 frame, too quick for big men to match him and too big for smaller forwards in the post. He’s still Beasley — occasionally prone to dumb shots and forced jumpers — but now turning 29, he’s more mature than he has ever been. As an offensive sparkplug, he has some real value.