HoopsHype Michael Beasley rumors

February 17, 2014 Updates

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

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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
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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

Asked when the last time a coach trusted him on the basketball court, Beasley named Frank Martin, his coach at Kansas State. “Spo has trusted me before but it’s different now because I think my rookie year, Spo had to trust me,” Beasley said. “We didn’t have too many choices. Now, we have a full roster and everyone can contribute. He can put me at the end of the bench and forget about me for 20 games. “And that’s not him doing it consciously, but we have so many guys that can do so much. So when he calls my name, it speaks a lot. But, like I said, I can’t get complacent. I can’t get comfortable. I gotta keep going.” Miami Herald

December 1, 2013 Updates

The Heat dumped Beasley for next to nothing to make room for James and Bosh, and now Beasley is back and playing for a nonguaranteed contract at the veteran’s minimum. Meanwhile, the Suns are paying Beasley $7 million. Ever season since 2011, the Heat has improved its depth beyond its starters and Beasley has added yet another valuable set of skills to the mix. He is averaging 19.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per 36 minutes, according to basketball-reference.com. “Michael has an unlimited skill set. He really does,” Spoelstra said. “He can score and find the basket virtually from anywhere on the court. Our system now is different. Obviously our personnel is different than when we had him the first two years, but in terms of the routine and the structure and the work ethic, it’s identical. So, he has embraced that work every single day. He is more experienced now and he is embracing the opportunities that he gets.” Miami Herald

November 28, 2013 Updates

Before he took a shower, LeBron James took a second to play with Michael Beasley. "My buddy, my buddy," James sang. "Wherever I go, he goes," Beasley belted back. Bleacher Report

November 27, 2013 Updates

Beasley was maddening to manage as a player — from the time he missed a tying layup for a 7-7 record. They finished 25-57 with Beasley fading like his form on long jumpers. “It was a dream,” Beasley said of his year in Phoenix. “Simple as that. It’s over. It’s time to move on with life. I’m glad those guys are doing well. I talked to some of those guys when they landed. No love lost. I still love those guys. We just parted ways.” Arizona Republic

Beasley gravitates to those who are the kinds of stars he was supposed to become. He walks to work at the arena. And, as he did at this time last year, he says all the right things about a gift-wrapped chance. Monday was “just another game.” “If you would’ve asked me that two games ago, I probably would have had some smart-aleck remark,” he said. “I’ve grown a lot since then and I understand the game now. I understand that the picture is way bigger than me.” Arizona Republic

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