The Miami Heat are taking more chances this offseason and in this instance it involves a familiar face. Michael Beasley signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Heat on Wednesday. Miami agreed to give Beasley, who they drafted #2 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, an audition to try and revive his career after getting waived by the Phoenix Suns. The world champions are giving him a second chance after repeated violations involving his professionalism and trouble with the law which has gotten him in trouble before.The hope is that he can earn a roster spot to try and help the Heat win its third straight championship.
Beasley was waived by the Suns on September 3 after an arrest for marijuana possession and became a free agent. He signed a three-year, $18 million dollar contract with the Suns in the summer of 2012 but managed to average just 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds a game while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. It wasn't clear that Miami was in the mix for the forward after refuting reports by multiple media outlets over the past week. In the end, the Heat get to see how the 6'10" forward can help the team while not having to take a huge risk on him. He will be surrounded by a team that is focused on winning and is filled with veterans to provide mentorship.
There were known character issues prior to entering the league but to have repeated violations which show that he cannot conduct himself in a professionally proves that this could be his last shot in the league if he doesn't change his attitude. This attempt to resurrect his career could not be in a better place than where it all started for the troubled forward. Beasley just can't seem to stay away from trouble in his short NBA career. Teams that have taken a chance on him have not seen him play to the best of his ability. But a change of scenery at age 25 could him refocus on playing basketball and living up to his playing potential.
Heat President Pat Riley believes Beasley can help the team especially in the frontcourt where most the teams in the East have upgraded in the offseason. With his scoring ability, he could provide the team with some added punch to the reserves. Beasley averaged about 14 points and 6 rebounds in two seasons with Miami. His best season as a pro came with the Timberwolves in 2010 when he averaged 19.2 and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field in 73 regular season games. Beasley will have a lot of work to do and must mature quickly if he wants to secure a spot on the 2013-14 edition of the Miami Heat.
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