Dwyane Wade last played with Michael Beasley three years ago. Then the offseason came around and Pat Riley orchestrated an offseason that landed Chris Bosh and LeBron James. The team needed more appropriate role players to surround its new Big 3.
Udonis Haslem resigned for below market value and the Heat, looking for a three-point specialist, agreed to sign Mike Miller. To clear the space needed for Miller, the Heat traded away Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for cap space and draft picks.
Now, Beasley has a chance to play with Wade again, and to carve out a new niche in the NBA that isn’t “That Guy Who Posts About April 20th Every Year On Facebook.”
Wade posted a picture on Instagram welcoming his old teammate back to Miami.
“Sometimes u need to fall 2 see who will pick up.. Welcome home Beas we got your back… #heatfamily”
The Heat are not shying away from the idea that they signed a troubled player. The players, coaches and front office people have been transparent about Beasley, admitting he has had his problems during his 5 NBA seasons. But they also are excited about his potential, and what the Heat can do for him by giving him a second chance.