Local stars Beasley and Green on the move in the NBA

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5501620314 e3c73f1c22 zSEABROOK – Coming into the 2018-2019 NBA season, Cheverly natives Michael Beasley and Jeff Green will be playing on new squads in the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively with hopes of garnering an NBA championship.
Beasley and Green entered the NBA just one year apart from each other. Green came out in the 2007 NBA Draft as the fifth overall pick and Beasley entered the NBA in 2008 as the second overall pick in first round.
Since coming into the league, Beasley spent his time with six NBA teams and two teams in the Chinese Basketball Association. Last season, Beasley signed to play with the New York Knicks for a one-year, $2 million deal. During last season, Beasley averaged more than 13 points per game for the Knicks. 
He played for six high school teams including Riverdale Baptist School, Bowie High School and National Christian Academy.
Now, Beasley has signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers joining arguably the best player in the NBA today, LeBron James. He is one of the newcomers of the rebuilding process in Los Angeles with the new additions of Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee. 
“Michael adds another component of versatility to our deep roster,” said Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. “His length and ability to guard multiple positions, stretch the floor, play-make and create his own shot are all essential characteristics for us. Coming off one of the finest years of his career, we think Michael is poised to have a very exciting and strong season for us.”
Beasley said it’s going to be “Showtime,” when he suits up for the Lakers this upcoming season. He said Los Angeles Lakers President of basketball operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a person he has dreamed of meeting his whole life and now he has the chance of playing for his organization shortly.
For Green, he will be joining his seventh team in his NBA career since being initially drafted by the Boston Celtics and then traded to the Seattle Supersonics. 
5612260784 625e050d32 bGreen will be coming back home to play basketball for the Washington Wizards, which is about 30 minutes away from his hometown where he played high school ball for Northwestern High School. Washington Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld said the organization is excited to bring Green back to the DMV.
“Jeff is a proven veteran who will add to our frontcourt rotation with his ability to play and defend multiple positions,” Grunfeld said. 
Last season, Green played alongside three-time NBA champion, LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He helped lead the team to the NBA Finals averaging 10.8 points per game during the regular season, but they lost to two-time NBA Champion Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. 
Green signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Washington Wizards for this upcoming season playing with stars like John Wall, Bradley Beal and newcomer Dwight Howard. 
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Green said. “All the memories I’ve had here, coming through Northwestern, growing up here, going to Georgetown, it’s a lot of great memories here. So hopefully those memories can continue to be great by joining this organization and doing great things here.”
Green is joining a team who finished with a 43-39 record last season. 
The success of Prince George’s County players at the next level has been tremendous. Even with all the accomplishments Beasley and Green have achieved at the next level. There are many more significant players from the area like Durant and Victor Oladipo. 
Durant is a two-time NBA champion and finals MVP, a nine-time NBA All-Star and a FIBA World MVP in 2010.Oladipo (DeMatha Catholic High School), was nominated for five awards this past NBA season and won the Most Improved Player Award in his first season with the Indiana Pacers last year. He is an NBA All-Star, on the All-NBA Third-Team, First-Team All-Defense and the 2017-2018 NBA steals leader (2.36 per game). 
For Green, Beasley, Durant and Oladipo, the future continues to shine bright for these accomplished stars from the area.
Last modified onWednesday, 01 August 2018 13:48
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