Heat bring back Beasley

Heat bring back Beasley
September 11, 2013, 5:45 pm
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The best part of this latest Michael Beasley news is that it should mean the end of writing about Michael Beasley, for a little while anyway.

After a summer involving an arrest and the Phoenix Suns buying out his contract because of said arrest, Beasley might have a new NBA home. It's actually an old haunt, where his career began, in Miami. The Heat have extended a non-guaranteed contract to the scoring forward, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported on Wednesday. Beasley was selected No. 2 overall by Miami in the 2008 NBA Draft.

The Sun Sentinel describes the signing as a "dramatic and extraordinary move" while emphasizing the low-risk angle. The D.C. area native is one of 17 players invited to camp and one of four without a guaranteed contract.

He's a proven scorer, which is something Miami lacks behind its obvious cluster of stars, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In five seasons with three different teams, Beasley has averaged 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. Beasley averaged 10.1 points in 75 games with the Suns last season.

The 25-year-old Beasley would also give the Heat another younger option on the bench, joining Greg Oden, who the team signed this summer.

He also brings off-court baggage to South Beach. Last month Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession during a traffic stop, his third arrest in eight months.

After two seasons with the Heat, Miami shipped Beasley to Minnesota to free up needed cap space in order to sign free agent Mike Miller.

Miami visits the Wizards during the preseason on October 15 in addition to two regular season games.