The Milwaukee Bucks have confirmed that they have traded Tyler Ennis to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Michael Beasley. The trade, which occurred just weeks before the 2016 NBA preseason kicks off, was announced by Bucks general manager John Hammond.
Beasley debuted in the NBA in 2008 after he was drafted as the 2nd overall pick by the Miami Heat. He served as a starter during his rookie year with Miami and he averaged 14.8 points per game with 6.4 rebounds. These numbers, however, declined to 10.4 and 5.8 during his second season with the team.
After spending two years with Miami, Beasley was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The trade served as a monumental move for the Heat at that time because it allowed the team to clear the necessary cap space to re-sign Dwayne Wade and acquire free agents Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Beasley spent two years with the Timberwolves before signing with the Phoenix Suns in 2013. On the following year, he returned to Miami.
He joined the Rockets in March this year and appeared in 20 games with the team. During his stint with the Rockets, he was able to average 12.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds.
According to Hammond, the Milwaukee franchise has been interested in signing Beasley for some time now. Trading away Ennis gave the team the necessary means to finally acquire him.
"We're excited to add a player with Michael's skill set to our team," Hammond said in a statement. "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."
As for Ennis, he only joined the NBA in 2014 after getting selected by the Phoenix Suns as the 18th overall draft pick. He only played for the team for one year before getting traded to the Bucks through a three-team deal which included the Philadelphia 76ers.
Last season, Ennis was able to record his career-high of 13 points and five rebounds during the game between the Bucks and the Memphis Grizzlies.
"We wish Tyler the best and thank him for his contributions to the Bucks, both on an off the court," Hammond said.