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Michael Beasley leaving the Memphis Grizzlies to sign overseas in China

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Welp. That didn't last long.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, recently-signed small forward Michael Beasley is taking his talents overseas, leaving the Grizzlies to play in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Signed on September 25 to a training camp deal, the Beasley signing was met with a bevy of discussion, many opposing the signing due to a poor reputation and up-down play on the court. But after a solid season as a member of the Miami Heat in 2013-14, many opened up to the idea of Beasley having some kind of role on the team, whether it be in spot minutes or playing stretch-four behind Zach Randolph -- off-the-court troubles were dismissed due to the Grizzlies strong culture led by Z-Bo and Tony Allen.

But it looks like things just didn't work out and the move for Beasley to head to China looks like it had been in the works dating back to yesterday when several writers reported Beasly out of the teams preseason opener versus the Milwaukee Bucks due to illness.

With Beasley out of the picture, all eyes turn to forward Earl Clark who, like Beasley, can fit into the small-ball power forward role. Though Jon Leuer looks to have a grasp on the reserve power forward spot, Clark's versatility, albeit an underwhelming versatility, could still intrigue Coach Joerger.

(Editor's note: hat tip to Joe Mullinax for the clever promo headline on the GBB front page.)