The New York City Knicks have found a veteran to replace Michael Beal.
The Knicks announced Monday that they signed Michael Beals, a former Indiana Pacers forward who spent the last two seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 27-year-old Beasley will become the first New York player since Tim Hardaway Jr. to join a team in the league since the team’s inception in 1970.
“I’m excited to join the Knicks and give the fans a new look for the franchise,” Beal said in a statement.
“We have a lot of great players in our locker room, and I’m excited about the opportunity to play with these great guys.”
Beasley, who spent time with the Pacers last season, is one of several new faces to join MSG in the wake of the franchise’s exit from the NBA.
The team is seeking a new general manager and a new head coach in a move that has left the front office reeling.
The move to New York was expected.
The Knicks were already without a general manager since Kevin Garnett’s departure in 2014.
However, the team is expected to retain its own front office and be led by the veteran Jeff Hornacek, who has won four NBA championships with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The new hire, meanwhile, will fill an empty spot in the frontcourt, where Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Los Vegas Lakers last year.
The moves come as the Knicks are trying to avoid the type of playoff collapse that plagued the team last season.
The roster was cut in favor of younger, cheaper options, and the team has a lot to prove to fans in the coming weeks.
The NBA has yet to give a timetable on the team hiring a new coach or general manager, and several key players on the roster were dealt before the season began.
The addition of Beal is a major blow to the team, as the veteran has been one of the most reliable players on a team that has lost five straight games.
Beal, who was selected No. 14 overall by the Pacers in the 2014 NBA draft, has averaged 18.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in the last seven games.
The 26-year old Beasley, however, will be the first of the veteran players to join an NBA team since Michael Jordan joined the Bulls in 1990.
Jordan, who won four titles with the Bulls, was the last of the current NBA coaching staffs to join forces with the franchise.
Jordan has spent the past 10 seasons as the Bulls coach.
He is the only current NBA coach to win the title, and is the highest-paid coach in the history of the league.