F Michael Beasley has signed with the Knicks, the team announced on Tuesday.
According to The Post's Marc Berman, Beasley signed a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum $2.1 million.
The second overall pick by the Heat in 2008, Beasley has been a journeyman with the Knicks becoming his sixth team in his 10th season. His latest team was the Milwaukee Bucks who he played 56 games for last season.
Though Beasley has bounced around, NBA scouts believe he can still play at a high level.
"He can flat out score -- isos along the right baseline," one NBA scout said. "He could be a perfect replacement for Melo, if he's traded."
Last season, Beasley averaged 21.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per 36 minutes as he played extended minutes due to injuries to Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker. However, lacks on the defensive side of the ball.
"He's a very talented offensive scorer but has been an aloof player at times and drifted during games," an NBA personnel director said. "But when he has the ball, he can score against anyone. The drawback is he didn't defend and should make a better effort as he's matured."
Maturity off the court has been an issue for Beasley since his inception in the league. He has been caught with marijuana numerous times including a 2013 arrest while playing for the Suns. Beasley was also fined $50,000 for playing a role in a "marijuana-related incident" at the Rookie Transition Program in 2008.
Beasley spent time in a substance-abuse center in 2009 before the Heat eventually traded him to the Timberwolves.
The 28-year-old averaged 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and shot 53 percent in 16.7 minutes last season with the Bucks.
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For the veteran's minimum, this is a no-lose situation for the Knicks. Michael Beasley has been unable to play close to a full season since 2012-2013 with the Suns. When the 28-year-old is on the court, though, he usually puts up points in bunches. He only played an average of around 17 MPG the past two seasons and averaged 11 PPG, while shooting over 50 percent.
Beasley also gives the Knicks another option at small forward if Carmelo Anthony does indeed get traded this offseason. Lance Thomas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are not exactly the most efficient offensive weapons for them at that position. Beasley gives them a cheap veteran addition who can score and shoot from downtown -- he shot nearly 42 percent from three-point range last season -- when he needs to.
There's a high probability the former second overall pick doesn't play the entire season, but for the minimum, it's a nice signing for the Knicks. For a team that has a lot of youth, they can use a guy who has been in the league for almost a decade now, who has had success early on as a starter and now as a key bench player.