Found July 05, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
On June 26, 2008, Michael Beasley was taken with the second overall pick by the Miami Heat, who had finished that year with a putrid 15-67 record. Despite putting up starter-worthy numbers, Beasley has never quite met the expectations that many had for him coming out of Kansas State, where he earned 26 double-doubles in his Freshman year. Beasley only wound up playing two years in Miami. There’s a great chance he would have remained with the Heat, had they not signed both Chris Both and LeBron James to huge contracts. After signing James and Bosh, the Heat traded Beasley in exchange for second-round picks in 2011 and 2014. It was believed that Beasley was traded, purely to rid Miami of his contract. Beasley— like Miami, only spent two years with Minnesota. While he was tremendous in his first season, averaging 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists, Beasley’s numbers dropped in his second year. Beasley posted career lows in nearly every category during the 2011-2012 season. He sa...
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