Bucks' Hammond excited about Beasley

Ashish Mathur

The Milwaukee Bucks needed help after losing Khris Middleton to injury, and they believe they found some in Michael Beasley.

The Bucks announced a trade Thursday in which they acquired Beasley from Houston in exchange for point guard Tyler Ennis.

"We're excited to add a player with Michael’s skill set to our team,” said Bucks general manager John Hammond.

"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."

Beasley is a 6-foot-9 forward and has had a rocky career after being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2008. He spent part of last season in China, before finishing the year with the Rockets.

Beasley is still just 27 years old, and the Bucks are hoping he will use this opportunity to get his NBA career on track.

Middleton is out for about six months with a hamstring injury that will require surgery, team officials said. He started 79 games for the Bucks last season and is an important part of their young, athletic core.

Ennis, 22, averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists in 46 games last season.

“We wish Tyler the best and thank him for his contributions to the Bucks, both on and off the court,” Hammond said.