Michael Beasley will become the fourth Nets player to leave the NBA’s ‘bubble,” reports Shams Charnia. Shams also writes Justin Anderson, who’s already in quarantine in Orlando, is the likely replacement...
Nets forward Michael Beasley will not join the team and the franchise will replace his roster spot, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Beasley tested positive for coronavirus. Justin Anderson remains a signing candidate.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 16, 2020
Beasley joins Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince on the sidelines following a coronavirus disagnosis. In addition, Wilson Chandler has opted out because of health concerns.
Anderson’s signing would give the Nets 14 healthy players, including free agent Tyler Johnson, signed at the end of June, as well as four substitutes: Anderson, Jamal Crawford, Donta Hall and Lance Thomas.
On Wednesday, Vaughn was non-committal about Beasley and Anderson’s status.
“Yeah, both of those I cannot comment on,” Vaughn said. “I have no definitive answer, so I’m just going to leave that one alone until I have a definitive answer.”
Beasley’s situation was complicated. Assuming he’s in day three or four of a 14-day quarantine required of all players who test positive, that would have put him back in central Florida near the end of the month, perhaps between the Nets third and last scrimmage on July 27 vs. the Jazz and (re-) opening night July 31 vs. the Magic. Then, on arrival, he would have had to test positive three times before permitted back in the “bubble.”
Beasley, of course, must serve a five-game suspension for a failed drug test whenever he returns to play. Moreover, he has just changed agents.
Anderson, on the other hand, appears to be all but signed. In a podcast with his former UVA assistant coach on Monday night, Anderson accepted congratulations on joining the Nets, talked about his prospective role and said Joe Harris, his former Virginia teammate and friend, is keeping him up to date on what’s going on inside Nets practices.
Brooklyn would have no advantage come October with any of the substitute players in free agency. All will be unrestricted free agents. The Nets would have non-Bird rights on Johnson.