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Michael Beasley | Forward | #11

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 235
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (2) / MIA
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Michael Beasley was a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.
Beasley missed some time for personal reasons but he's been with the team since at least Nov. 6. It appears he's simply not part of coach Luke Walton's rotations, and the Lakers' recent surge implies that he won't be any time soon. Nov 12 - 12:36 AM

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Courtney Lee (ankle) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

Lee tweaked his foot on the final shot of Monday's game, and he wasn't able to get through his pregame routine without issue, so he'll miss this meaningless game for New York. Michael Beasley, Frank Ntilikina, and Damyean Dotson will see an uptick in value with Lee out.
Apr 11 - 6:37 PM

Courtney Lee (sprained left ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

We'd hedge our bets on the 32-year-old veteran sitting out this final, meaningless game of the year for New York, which will translate to more minutes for guys like Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas and Michael Beasley, with Beasley offering the most upside out of that group. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on Lee's status.
Apr 11 - 11:19 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) and Enes Kanter (back, wrist) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Cavs.

After Monday, the Knicks will play their final game of the season on Wednesday in Cleveland, but there won't be much incentive for either of these guys to get out there if there's any suggestion that they're less than 100%. Damyean Dotson and Kyle O'Quinn will continue to log major minutes with both these guys out, with Michael Beasley and Trey Burke doing the heavy lifting on offense.
Apr 9 - 5:28 PM

Lance Thomas will replace Frank Ntilikina in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Hornets.

The Knicks will be rolling out a starting five featuring Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Thomas, Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter. Ntilikina flopped through 21 minutes as a starter on Sunday, but he should still see quality playing time with Emmanuel Mudiay (illness) out tonight. Thomas isn't a viable target, regardless of how he enters the game.
Mar 26 - 6:24 PM

Lance Thomas (personal) returned on Sunday with three points, four rebounds and two turnovers in 19 minutes off New York's bench.

Thomas missed three straight games and his return did little to alter the pecking order in New York. Michael Beasley had 12 points, nine boards and two blocks in 32 minutes as the starting PF, while Tim Hardaway Jr. needed 15 shots to score 11 points in 35 minutes. Thomas' permanent residence is the waiver wire.
Mar 25 - 9:16 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay and Courtney Lee will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the Wizards.

The Knicks will be going with a starting five featuring Trey Burke, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter. It'll be interesting to see what Mudiay's minutes look like tonight while running with the second unit, but he's far too inconsistent to trust in most settings.
Mar 25 - 5:16 PM

Lance Thomas (personal) will be available to play Sunday against the Wizards.

Thomas will be returning from a three-game absence, and his return to the rotation could mess with Michael Beasley's minutes. Thomas, however, isn't worth owning anywhere.
Mar 25 - 4:50 PM

Lance Thomas (personal) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

This will be Thomas' second straight game on the sidelines due to a family matter, which will again result in Michael Beasley logging extended minutes with the first unit.
Mar 21 - 11:57 AM

Lance Thomas (personal) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Bulls.

This personal issue has forced Thomas to miss three out of the past five games, so we hope everything is going well with him. Michael Beasley should be looking at another start tonight, and he's a fairly attractive option with a favorable matchup against Chicago.
Mar 19 - 5:54 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (sprained right ankle) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable to play Thursday vs. the 76ers.

There's zero incentive for THJ to play at less than 100%, so we wouldn't be surprised to see him hit the sidelines on Thursday night. If he sits, Courtney Lee could return to the starting five and Michael Beasley would see an uptick in usage. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround.
Mar 14 - 12:59 PM

Enes Kanter (back) and Lance Thomas (thumb) will play and start Tuesday vs. Dallas.

Kanter and Thomas will each be returning from a one-game absence, which will shift Luke Kornet and Michael Beasley back to the second unit. Kornet played well on Sunday, scoring 18 points through 34 minutes as a starter, so it'll be interesting to see what his role looks like tonight as a reserve. Feel free to get Kanter active.
Mar 13 - 5:53 PM

Contrary to a previous report, Enes Kanter (back spasms) will not play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

He was a little banged up after taking a knee the midsection, but it's not clear if this related. Either way, Kanter has missed time this season because of his back and it's not a surprise to see the Knicks play it safe. Michael Beasley and Kyle O'Quinn should hold down the fort up front, and we may get a look at rookie Luke Kornet as well. Beasley looks like a strong play and KOQ has been solid lately with nine total blocks in his last three games.
Source: Knicks PR
Mar 11 - 12:52 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

Porzingis tweaked his knee at Monday's practice, and with the next game for New York being the first of a back-to-back set, it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Thursday's game in Denver as well. Kyle O'Quinn (calf) will be joining Porzingis on the sidelines tonight, leaving the Knicks very thin upfront. Lance Thomas could move back into the starting five tonight, but the most attractive DFS targets will be Michael Beasley, Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Jan 23 - 2:07 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

It should only be a matter of time until THJ finds himself back in the starting five, but today will not be the day. Still, he should see 25+ minutes tonight, so he's worth deploying in season-long settings. Michael Beasley's value takes a hit with Hardaway Jr. back in action.
Jan 17 - 7:49 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek indicated on Tuesday that THJ could be returning to the starting lineup for tonight's game, which would shift Lance Thomas back to the second unit. With Hardaway Jr. back on the court, Michael Beasley won't play as much and Courtney Lee's usage will take a hit. Go ahead and get him active.
Jan 17 - 11:55 AM

Jeff Hornacek said that Tim Hardaway Jr. "quite possibly" could be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

In case you missed it, THJ will be unavailable for the Knicks' MLK Day game against Memphis with it being the second game of a back-to-back set, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll replace Lance Thomas in the starting five on Wednesday. With Hardaway Jr. on the sidelines on Monday, there will be more minutes available for Michael Beasley and Courtney Lee will see a slight uptick in usage.
Jan 15 - 2:28 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) will play Friday vs. the Timberwolves.

THJ has spent the past month on the sidelines, so he'll assuredly be dealing with a minutes limit for at least his first few games of being out there. He's not a must-play guy in his first game back from the long layoff, but he is must-own now that he's finally back out there. Michael Beasley's minutes will likely take a hit once Hardway Jr. is fully up to speed, and Courtney Lee's usage will dip. He'll come off the bench tonight, but Lance Thomas' days as a starter are numbered.
Jan 12 - 6:36 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (knee) will play vs. the Celtics on Thursday, as expected.

Michael Beasley will head to the bench with a drastically reduced role tonight, so anyone streaming him should look elsewhere for production. Porzingis practiced without limitations on Wednesday and he should get a full workload tonight, against a Boston team playing their ninth game in 14 days.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 06:24:00 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (sore left knee) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice and is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. Boston.

A report on Tuesday indicated that Porzingis was targeting a return for Thursday's game, and him getting through Wednesday's practice is a good sign that things are moving in that direction. If Porzingis is able to play Thursday, Lance Thomas will shift over to the three with Michael Beasley returning to the second unit. For what it's worth, Porzingis said he wants to play Thursday, but still has a "pinch" in his knee, so he still needs clearance from the Knicks' medical staff. Stay tuned.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) will be re-evaluated in one week.

The Knicks have still not offered a firm timetable for THJ's return, but based on his checkup today, the Knicks medical staff determined that he will advance to on-court work and will be re-evaluated in one week. Hardaway Jr. is trending in a positive direction, but until he's going through 5-on-5 work and taking contact, we can assume he's not close. Lance Thomas will continue to start in his absence with Michael Beasley and Doug McDermott seeing some increased opportunity with the second unit.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:21:00 PM

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