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By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer
MIAMI -- Michael Beasley's NBA career got started in Miami, and now the Heat are hoping it can be revived in Miami.
The troubled forward is back with the Heat, signing a contract on Wednesday that will give him another chance to prove he belongs in the NBA. He was bought out earlier this month by the Phoenix Suns, not long after the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft was arrested in Arizona on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Michael had the best years of his career with us," Heat President Pat Riley said. "We feel that he can help us."
Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that the Heat were interested in bringing Beasley back, and the team quickly and emphatically denied that a reunion was in the cards. Four days later, the deal was done, and Beasley will be in training camp with the two-time defending NBA champions on Oct. 1.
It took some doing on Beasley's side to make the Heat offer become reality. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the team initially had no interest in bringing Beasley back, then was swayed after the former Kansas State star offered to accept a nonguaranteed contract.
That's what it took for the Heat to decide on Wednesday that they would "give him a shot," said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side had released specific details of the talks.
"Well well well the homie is back," Heat guard Mario Chalmers, who was particularly close with Beasley, wrote on Twitter. "I want every heat fan to welcome back my brotha ... aka mr buckets back to Miami. We focused"
Beasley was traded by Miami to Minnesota in July 2010, part of the sweeping moves that allowed the Heat the financial flexibility to re-sign Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, plus land Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
So there is a certain irony in that, as the NBA heads into what's expected to be another wild free-agent summer in 2014 -- with James, Wade and Bosh among those who could be choosing new homes -- Beasley is back in Miami and tasked with helping the Heat win a third straight title.
"We felt Michael had two very good years in Miami," Riley said when the Heat traded Beasley to Minnesota for draft picks. "We feel he will have a very productive career."
It hasn't exactly worked out as planned.
Beasley averaged a career-best 19.2 points in his first season in Minnesota, then saw his numbers and productivity plummet since. In the last two seasons, one largely as a reserve with the Timberwolves and then this past season as a part-time starter in Phoenix, Beasley has averaged 10.7 points on 42 percent shooting.
In his two Miami seasons, Beasley played in 87 Heat wins. In the three seasons since, he's been part of 57 wins.
And then there's the off-court matters, which have always dogged Beasley, even predating his first NBA game. The Suns bought Beasley out for 7 million and said that they needed to "demand the highest standards of personal and professional conduct as we develop a championship culture."
In June 2011, Beasley was ticketed for marijuana possession and speeding in a Minneapolis suburb. He has acknowledged that while he was with the Heat, he twice violated the NBA's drug policy and entered a treatment facility in 2009.
He's the latest entry in the low-risk, potentially high-reward moves the Heat have made in the past year, first signing Chris Andersen this past January and seeing him become an important part of the rotation on the way to the second straight title. Miami also signed Greg Oden to a veterans' minimum deal this summer, the same sort of deal that Beasley is getting from the club.
With James, Wade, Oden, Beasley, Bosh, Shane Battier and Ray Allen, the Heat now have seven players on their roster who were selected No. 6 or higher in their respective NBA draft classes.
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Tweet Troubled NBA prospect turned journeyman Michael Beasley has reportedly agreed to a training camp invite with the Miami Heat, according the Y! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The contract is of the non-guaranteed variety and is for one year. Beasley will be paid the veteran minimum of $1 million if he makes the roster. Miami […]
While we wait for September to keep rolling into the opening of NBA training camps, a trip around the Internet yielded a couple of interesting pieces regarding the Suns and former Suns.
The most interesting was provided by Eddie Johnson, the Suns TV analyst, who was writing about Michael Beasley for Hoopshype.com.
With most of us having grown weary of Beasleys seeming refusal...
After Michael Beasley had problems both on and off the court during a tumultuous first year with the Phoenix Suns the team decided to further its fresh start under a new GM and new head coach by negotiating a buyout of his contract which made Beasley an unrestricted free agent.
Despite his well-chronicled history of issues talent conquers all at the professional level so Beasley...
The Miami Heat have re-signed Michael Beasley, who spent the first two years of his up-and-down career with the team and became a free agent when the Phoenix Suns bought him out earlier this month.
Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft by the Heat, and averaged 14.3 points in those two seasons. He then was traded to Minnesota in 2010, and signed with Phoenix as a free agent...
Michael Beasley and South Beach sounds like a bad mix, but at least it is a non guaranteed deal.
NBA source tells Sun Sentinel that Miami Heat will sign Michael Beasley to non-guaranteed, make-good contract from training camp.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 11, 2013
Source says Heat decided no-risk tryout was worth gamble, despite No. 2 overall 2008 pick being under...
MIAMI — Michael Beasley‘s NBA career got started in Miami, and now the Heat are hoping it can be revived in Miami.
The troubled forward is back with the Heat, signing a contract on Wednesday that will give him another chance to prove he belongs in the NBA. He was bought out earlier this month by the Phoenix Suns, not long after the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft was arrested in...
Pat Riley and the Miami Heat are back at it again. The Heat signed Michael Beasley to a $1 million contract yesterday.
Is this a bad move by the Heat? Well, Beasley started his NBA career in Miami. Beasley was the No.2 pick behind Derrick Rose in the 2008 draft. He was a standout player for the Kansas State Wildcats, earning Big 12 player of the year honors and leading his team...
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The Miami Heat have announced that they have signed Michael Beasley to a non-guaranteed contract, which means that he will get an invite to training camp and get a chance to make their final roster. Should he make their final roster, he will make $1.027M for the 2013-14 season. Beasley was just waived by the Phoenix Suns for his laziness and trouble with...
The Miami Heat announced they have signed free agent Michael Beasley. Beasley, who was released recently by the Phoenix Suns after an arrest for marijuana possession, will enter training camp on a non-guaranteed contract.
According to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel:
In a dramatic and extraordinary move, the Miami Heat have invited their 2008 No. 2 overall NBA Draft pick Michael...
The Miami Heat have brought back forward Michael Beasley, signing him to a non-guaranteed contract Wednesday afternoon. Beasley was traded by Miami to Minnesota in July 2010.
“Michael had the best years of his career with us,” Heat president Pat Riley said. “We feel that he can help us.”
Beasley was bought out earlier this month by the Phoenix Suns, not long...
The two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat reached agreement with troubled free agent Michael Beasley on a training camp contract league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Beasley has to make the roster to earn his one-year minimum contract deal of $1 million.
Several of the Heat's key veteran players were supportive of the signing and Beasley had a strong interest in returning...
Miami Heat have signed their former #2 draft pick, Michael Beasley, after a rather quiet offseason. Pat Riley made another good move and Miami Heat further improved their team. Beasley is only 24 and he’s one of the youngest Heat players on the current roster. In fact, if you exclude James Ennis, Eric Griffin and ...The post Best And Worst-Case Scenario For Michael Beasley In Miami...
As you might have heard, Michael Beasley is going back to Miami to join the Heat and it appears that one of his old teammates is happy to have him.
Check out the below photo and quote that Dwyane Wade posted on his Instagram page:
Sometimes u need to fall 2 see who will pick up.. Welcome home Beas we got your back… #heatfamily
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