HoopsHype Michael Beasley rumors

June 22, 2014 Updates

The summer should be an interesting one for former second overall pick Michael Beasley, who is a free agent and is not likely to return to Miami after a disappointing second stint with the club. NBA sources said James was not pleased with Beasley’s focus and he lost the confidence of coach Erik Spoelstra shortly into the season. In one sequence that typified his career, Beasley swooped in for a tip-dunk in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. On the Spurs’ next possession, Beasley got lost on a pick-and-roll, allowing Diaw an open 3-pointer, which of course he swished. Beasley is likely to get a one-year deal on the open market and his past year in Miami did little to help his reputation . Boston Globe

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Miami will try to fight off elimination in the NBA Finals tonight with Ray Allen in the starting lineup and regular starting point guard Mario Chalmers on the bench. The Heat announced shortly before tipoff in San Antonio they will start LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis and Allen. They also deactivated Greg Oden and Justin Hamilton, meaning Michael Beasley will be available for the first time in this series. Palm Beach Post

The question catches Michael Beasley off guard, as if there even is a reason for asking. "Of course," Beasley says, "why wouldn't I want to come back?" South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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On a playoff team for the first time since he was dealt by the Heat in the 2010 offseason, Beasley spent all four games of the opening-round sweep against the Charlotte Bobcats on the inactive list, yet to even wear a warm-up suit on game night this postseason. "I didn't figure it would happen," Beasley said of sharing the same game-night inactive status as rookie center Justin Hamilton. "But, at the same time, I'm not surprised. Like I've been saying all year, I've just got to stay ready." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Asked if he had advice for the four freshmen — and perhaps five other freshmen who could be lottery picks in June — Beasley gets to the heart of the dilemma for these talented teens. "If I could tell them one thing, it would be, 'It's your life, it's what you make it,'" Beasley told USA TODAY Sports. "I think my only regret, and not just with college, is trying to make other people happy all of the time. If I could do everything over, I'd do it for me." "I can't say I would have stayed another year. I grew up poor, dirt poor … Everybody is different. Me? If I came from a better financial situation, I could have been there two, three or four years." USA Today Sports

January 22, 2014 Updates

Michael Beasley entered Tuesday have playing just seven, two, six and three minutes over the previous four games, but Spoelstra did not answer directly when asked if there has been slippage in his game. “That’s not an indictment on Michael,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve given up 120 points. I think we’re all at fault, including the staff.” Miami Herald

January 7, 2014 Updates

The decision to keep Beasley was easier, with him being a daily contributor. Releasing Mason would have cleared a roster spot if the Heat had any interest in free agent Andrew Bynum, who reportedly narrowed his choices to the Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. By making no changes, Mason has the chance to continue "a great opportunity" as he hopes to be part of a championship team. When he signed last September, he "decided to come here for the long haul." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 31, 2013 Updates
December 22, 2013 Updates

Cleared for contact after being sidelined for 2 1/2 weeks with a strained hamstring, Michael Beasley participated in the Heat’s practice Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra would like Beasley to play against the Hawks on Monday before flying to Los Angeles, but the team’s training staff will evaluate Beasley one final time Monday before signing off on the small forward. Beasley last played Dec. 5. He has missed seven consecutive games. Miami Herald

December 17, 2013 Updates

Mason was surprised to get art from Michael Beasley: a money-themed painting he commissioned to a Miami artist. Mason's nickname is "Money Mase." "It wasn't the most expensive," Beasley said. "It wasn't cheap at all, don't get me wrong. But it wasn't a Louis Vuitton bag." Beasley smiled. "I got the Louis Vuitton bag," said Beasley. Bleacher Report

"Everybody likes each other," Beasley explained. "Not to say I didn't like my past teammates. But we make it sort of a priority to put our family first, and I say family, I mean us. You think about it, we see each other more than we see our own kids sometimes. You're going to be around guys this long, sometimes you're going to get tired of them, but that's what a family's about, getting through the little ups and downs, realizing the big picture. We all love each other, we love to be around each other, it's just easy. You don't get that a whole lot." Bleacher Report

December 13, 2013 Updates
December 2, 2013 Updates

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra inserted Beasley into the game after the Heat blew a 20-point lead. With Beasley in the game for the final five minutes, the Raptors scored just four points. Beasley laughed when I called him the Heat's new "defensive stopper," but he certainly is enjoying his versatile role. Beasley is doing a little bit of everything for the Heat. On Sunday against the Bobcats, he had seven rebounds in 15 minutes. “It feels good to be trusted by Spo on something other than offense,” Beasley said. “It’s definitely different than what I’m used to.” Miami Herald

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