Michael Beasley, Jamal Crawford and the Players We Want Back in the NBA

Bleacher Report

After the NBA's health and safety protocols hammered rosters around the league, a new policy was instituted to ease the burden on teams turning up a number of positive COVID tests.

"Under the agreement, a team will be allowed to sign a replacement player for each positive COVID-19 case that crops up across its roster," ESPN's Tim Bontemps wrote. "So, if a team has five positive cases of COVID-19, for example, it could sign five replacement players."

The new rules have already given us a few blasts from the past.

Lance Stephenson has appeared in three games for the Atlanta Hawks. Wesley Matthews has already played the hero in more than one game for the Milwaukee Bucks. And though he's already been released, Isaiah Thomas scored 32 points in his first two games with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Now, all the call-ups have us feeling nostalgic. If those above can get another shot at the NBA, why can't those below?

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley's recent Twitter activity suggests he's hungry for another opportunity.

He was seen as recently as the day after Christmas, working out with John Wall, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers. The same day, he quote tweeted a detractor, insisting he can play off the ball.

"Played with giannis didn't need the ball, James didn't need the ball, lebron twice didn't get the ball and per 36 says I should've played more in every situation," Beasley wrote. "y'all need help buddy from somebody!!"

Beasley may be onto something as it relates to those situations. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, he averaged 22.4 points per 75 possessions and shot 37.4 percent from three. There are only 12 players who match or exceed both marks over the same stretch.

You couldn't fault a team in need of a little offensive boost to power it through an outbreak for going after Beasley. After all, as the man himself said, "Every 10 seconds another person that can't guard me comes into the [world…]."

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