Mar 22, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley (8) drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Anthony Morrow (3) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Heat 105-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Miami Heat Moved on from Michael Beasley

No one Miami Heat player was more debated over than Michael Beasley last season. You could basically split all Heat fans into two camps: #TeamBeasley and #TeamNotBeasley. Well, it seems the Heat organization was #TeamNotBeasley and have moved on.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Heraldthe team never made an offer to Beasley and signed journeyman Shawne Williams with the intent of replacing him.

A person with direct knowledge cited several reasons for the Heat’s lack of interest: Inconsistency, lack of trust in his defense (and ability to execute the Heat’s defensive system), and maturity/focus issues, which are still a concern even though he improved somewhat in that regard last season.

But essentially, this comes down to lack of trust by the Heat coaching staff after working with Beasley for nine months. It spoke volumes that the Heat instead preferred a player (Williams) who has had just one good NBA season (2010-11 for the Knicks) and spent much of last season in the Developmental League.

No surprises here. The Heat didn’t want to recruit their problems, and Beasley’s lack of focus, inability to grasp over-arching team systems and inconsistency on defense have been constant throughout his six NBA seasons. It’s understandable, but you wonder if the Heat will miss Beasley’s ability to score off the bench. Especially if Dwyane Wade and Danny Granger can’t stay healthy.

The Heat have Beasley’s No. 8 to Williams. Beasley recently worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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