MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies have waived forward Michael Beasley on Thursday, who had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the team last month.
The Grizzlies announced the move Thursday in a team release.
Beasley, 25, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season with Kansas State. The 6-foot-9 forward owns career averages of 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 24.9 minutes in 409 NBA games with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. Beasley has made 199 career starts.
Kyrie Irving likely to sit out exhibition vs. Heat in Brazil: Kyrie Irving missed practice on Thursday and likely will not play Saturday when the Cavs face the Miami Heat in a preseason game in Brazil.
Irving injured his right ankle when Anderson Varejao stepped on his foot at practice Tuesday before the team charter departed. X-rays and an MRI were negative and Irving felt well enough to compete in an NBA Cares community outreach event Thursday prior to Cavs practice.
“It was crazy how it happened,” Irving said. “I’m just glad that I’m doing OK now. I’m glad I can still be here with the team.”
Irving, Varejao and LeBron James were all on the same team during a scrimmage Tuesday. Irving linked eyes with James and cut toward the basket, as did Varejao, leading to the traffic jam and ensuing injury.
“We’re still getting used to each other,” Irving said. “LeBron saw me, then Andy saw Bron’s eyes, so we went to the same position and he ends up stepping on my foot.”
Irving spent part of Wednesday in a walking boot, but was back to regular shoes later in the evening. He jogged around the court Thursday, played with the kids and beat Kevin Love in a half-court shooting contest.
Asked if he’ll play Saturday, Irving said “right now probably not.”
rookie McGary has broken bone in left foot: Oklahoma City Thunder rookie forward Mitch McGary has a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to miss about six weeks.
The Thunder said an evaluation Thursday confirmed McGary fractured his left second metatarsal Wednesday night in an exhibition game at Denver.
McGary, the former Michigan player drafted 21st overall this year, had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes against the Nuggets.