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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

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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

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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

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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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The Heat are making Beasley, who started his career with Miami, earn his stay with the team. He is on a non-guaranteed deal so the Heat lose little if they have to cut him. "He's making very good progress," Spoelstra said recently. "He just needs to continue to embrace the work (and) embrace the routine." But Miami also realizes it needs a committed Beasley. Winning three consecutive titles is extremely difficult, and the Heat know several teams in the East — the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets — improved and are prepared and capable of knocking them off in a seven-game series. Down the road, Spoelstra will start working him into the rotation more and more. "He has earned the opportunity to be ready for his next opportunity," Spoelstra said. USA Today Sports

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