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Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley
Position: F
Born: 01/09/89
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Miami has until Monday to exercise the option on Beasley or he becomes a free agent July 1. Beasley could not get a guaranteed roster spot last summer and left the Memphis Grizzlies’ training camp to play in China. There was nothing particularly convincing about what he did with the shorthanded Heat last season. The reunion started out well, but he settled in at 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21 minutes per game while shooting 43.4 percent. He was a 23.5 percent 3-point shooter.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Michael Beasley for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Beasley has appeared in 10 games with the HEAT this season averaging 9.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 22.9 minutes while shooting 42.4 percent from the field. He has scored in double-figures five times, including a season-high 18 points vs. Sacramento on March 7, and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds at Toronto on March 13.
Coach Erik Spoelstra all but confirmed the agreement to push through the end of the season with the scoring forward, with Spoelstra’s rotations practically having Beasley as essential these past three weeks. “Michael has been very good,” Spoelstra said after Tuesday’s practice. “And with all the changes and the moving parts, I’ve said this before, we’re very fortunate to be able to add a player that’s familiar to us, to our system. “I’m very comfortable with Michael. I’ve spent a lot of time with Michael over the years in development. We’ve put in a lot of time in his development. He’s improved a great deal and has helped us while he’s been here. So he’s made the most of his opportunity and then we’ll just go from there.”
A few weeks removed from drinking snake juice and eating horse and lizard while a member of the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, Beasley said he’s “playing to eat” now in Miami, another last shot in a career that has already had a few. When asked about the greatest impediment in his career, Beasley responded, “I’ve been playing with a mental block. I can’t really explain. It needs to be lifted and nobody can do that but me.” Miami drafted Beasley in 2008 — ahead of future all-stars Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Brook Lopez, among others — and traded him two years later to Minnesota to clear up the cap space required to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
The Heat knows Beasley better than most and is willing to accept his quirks, flaws and all, but within limits. Beasley is on his second 10-day contract, and still has to earn a spot with the team for the remainder of the season. “You’re talking to a No. 2 pick. One of the best players in college basketball — not to toot my own horn. But to go from there to now be on a 10-day is definitely humbling,” Beasley said. “They always say, it could be gone tomorrow. For me, it was gone. Twice.”
The team and Beasley agreed to a new 10-day contract Sunday, according to his agent Jared Karnes. After this contract is up, the Heat must sign him for the remainder of the season (which seems likely) or release him. Not only is Beasley scoring (10.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting) and helping facilitate Miami’s offense, but he’s also defending with great effort, including Saturday’s game when he played some center and defended Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins as the backline of a zone defense.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Michael Beasley to a second 10-day contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Beasley, who was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the HEAT on February 26, has appeared in six games with Miami this season averaging 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 23.6 minutes while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. In the HEAT’s last two games, he posted 13 points, all in the fourth quarter, on March 6 at Washington and then a season-high 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block on March 7 vs. Sacramento.
Saturday’s report included the Washington Wizards’ win over the Miami Heat and a mistake the league acknowledged. The NBA concluded that Tyler Johnson’s tip-in with 1 minute 8 seconds remaining, which was initially ruled offensive goaltending before the call was overturned, was called incorrectly and should’ve been ruled offensive goaltending. The bucket cut the Wizards’ lead to one point in their near epic collapse after leading by 35 points in the third quarter. Miami had a chance to capitalize on the ruling but Henry Walker missed a three-pointer on the Heat’s ensuing possession and Michael Beasley didn’t release his jumper before the buzzer in Washington’s 99-97 victory.
“We like Mike,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We spent a lot of time developing him. We’ve invested a lot of time and sweat equity in Mike and vice versa. You like those kind of relationships in this business.” Beasley, who is in his third stint with the Heat, was signed in the aftermath of forward Chris Bosh being lost for the season due to blood clots on his lung. The Heat will have to sign Beasley the remainder of the year if they want him to stick around after completing the second 10-day.
Without any guaranteed NBA offers last summer, Beasley attended training camp with the Memphis Grizzlies on a non-guaranteed deal but was released Oct. 9 and signed with the Shanghai Sharks, where he averaged 28.6 points and 10.4 rebounds for a team owned by former NBA star Yao Ming. He would awake at 5:30 in the morning in China to watch NBA games on television. The thought would often creep into his mind: I could be helping one of these NBA teams. “Every time that thought comes, there would be a missed screen from somebody… or any easy shot [missed],” he said. “Not the Heat, in particular. I stopped that because I thought I was hating. I stopped trying to compare myself. I love the NBA. I missed it.”
Fear can be a great motivator. So if there is ever any temptation for Michael Beasley to do something he will regret, to display the immaturity he has tried to put squarely in his past, this is the deterrent that resonates: “My biggest fear right now is my daughter starting to read three-, four-syllable words,” the Heat forward said Tuesday. “It’s nothing for her to read in a paper: Michael Beasley in trouble. I’m trying to change the way I live for them because they deserve a better example than what I’ve been giving them. That’s where everything is coming from.”