The Miami Heat are considering bringing back the troubled Michael Beasley, according to Yahoo! Sports.
“Several of the Heat’s key veteran players are supportive of the signing of Beasley, and he has a strong interest in returning to the franchise responsible for taking him with the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo.”
Beasley was recently bought out by the Phoenix Suns after being charged for marijuana possession in August.
Beasley, 24, played two seasons in Miami before being traded to the Minessota Timberwolves for draft picks and cap space to sign LeBron James. Now, LeBron, Dwyane Wade and the other veterans in the Heat locker room are reportedly on board with bringing Beasley back.
Signing Beasley would add to Miami’s projects. The Heat already signed Greg Oden in an attempt to resurrect the injury-prone center’s career. While’s Beasley’s chronic issues don’t have anything to do with his knees, it would take the support of the strong Heat locker room to get Beasley on the right track.
Personally, this comes as a surprise. Maybe Wade and Udonis Haslem feel a strong enough connection to Beasley that they want to help their former teammate.
As far as basketball reasons, Beasley should come cheap, since Phoenix is paying him about $7 million. Beasley is a good scorer and could help replace the loss of Mike Miller on the wing, while adding a forward who can play the 3 or 4.
I was not initially on board with the Heat bringing back Beasley, but that was because of locker room reasons rather than his playing skill. However, if the Heat players are in favor, so am I.