ESPN MIAMI — The Miami Heat have re-signed Michael Beasley, who spent the first two seasons of his up-and-down NBA career with the team and became a free agent when the Phoenix Suns bought out his contract earlier this month. Beasley was drafted second overall in 2008 by the Heat and averaged 14.3 points a game over those two seasons. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010 and signed with Phoenix as a free agent in 2012. Heat president Pat Riley said the team decided that Beasley “can help us.” Beasley was arrested earlier this offseason in Arizona on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. It was the latest in a series of incidents involving the drug that have plagued his NBA career.
It’s hard to believe the defending NBA Champions are going to risk bringing in a player that is as big of a knucklehead as Michael Beasley. This guy cannot stay out of trouble, and simply cannot stop getting arrested for weed, so South Beach may not be the best destination for the former number two overall draft pick.
We all know that many players in the NBA smoke weed regularly, maybe Pat Riley thinks that the veterans on the Miami Heat roster can keep Beasley in check, and teach him how to be responsible with his recreational drug use.
Miami was able to make Chris “The Birdman” Anderson a valuable part of their team last year, he had issues in the past, maybe they can do the same with Beasley.
Beasley is a talented offensive player, who can add scoring and rebounding to Miami’s second unit, winning is a cure-all and maybe being a key contributor to a good team will turn Beasley’s career around.
Beasley got very lucky with this opportunity, and he had better not screw it up, because its likely his last chance.