Milwaukee — Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today that the team has acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard Tyler Ennis.
“We’re excited to add a player with Michael’s skill set to our team,” said Hammond. “He’s someone that we’ve kept our eye on the last few seasons and we’re looking forward to watching him compete throughout training camp and the season.”
Beasley, 27, appeared in 20 games for the Rockets last season and averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Prior to signing with Houston, Beasley played in China with the Shandong Golden Stars and averaged 31.9 points, 13.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, earning the CBA’s Foreign MVP Award for the 2015-16 season. While playing for Shandong, Beasley tallied games of 48 and 49 points and was named MVP of the CBA All-Star Game for the second straight year after recording 63 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists for the South team.
The No. 2 overall pick by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft, Beasley has career NBA averages of 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 453 games (200 starts) for Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix and Houston.
Ennis, 22, averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 46 games (seven starts) last season. Drafted by Phoenix in 2014 (18th overall), Ennis was acquired by the Bucks in Feb. 2015 as part of a three-team trade with the Sixers and the Suns. In 79 career NBA games (eight starts), Ennis has averaged 4.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.4 rebounds.
“We wish Tyler the best and thank him for his contributions to the Bucks, both on and off the court,” Hammond added.