In a video update to his scoops Wednesday night on the Nets interest in Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley, Shams Charania says Brooklyn may be looking at the two as possible roster additions next season.
“As much of an opportunity it is for Beasley and Crawford to step in, with the depleted roster with Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Wilson Chandler, Taurean Prince not playing in Orlando, I’m told this will be a great opportunity for Crawford and Beasley to make an impression for the 20-21 roster with a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
“This will essentially be a tremendous trial run for two accomplished veterans to be on the roster a year from now when the Nets are expected to be championship contenders with KD and Kyrie.”
Shams also said that Crawford “has agreed to a deal” while Beasley is “closing in on a contract pending a physical.” An hour or so after Shams video, the Nets announced they had signed Beasley.
Both are expected to join the team this week. The Athletic reporter did not mention the possibility that Beasley will have to serve a five-game suspension assessed last year after he failed a drug test for marijuana.
While the two will be paid a pro-rated portion of the vets minimum for their time in the “bubble,” they will be unrestricted free agents come October. The Nets are already over the cap and would have limited resources to sign either or both.