Jerome Beasley leaves Wizards

Updated: December 27, 2006, 8:41 PM ET
Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The reunion of Jerome Beasley and Dave Joerger, who teamed up to win the 2005 CBA title with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, wasn't quite as productive with the Dakota Wizards.

After just nine games Beasley, the former University of North Dakota All-American, bought out his D-League contract Wednesday to go play overseas.

The Wizards were short on details as to why Beasley chose now to leave, and Dakota media relations director Mike Offerdahl wasn't even sure where Beasley will be playing.

"It was a surprise to me," Offerdahl said. "I'm not sure what the reasons are, but I guess what it comes down to is that it was a chance to make some good money and still get playing time over there."

Beasley played in all nine of Dakota's games this season, starting seven, and was averaging 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Offerdahl said he was unsure whether the Wizards would retain Beasley's rights should he choose to return to the D-League.

To help offset the loss of Beasley, Dakota resigned Kevin Lyde. Lyde, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound forward-center out of Tempe, played five games with the Wizards this year, averaging 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

He was waived by Dakota on Dec. 15.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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