The moment it was announced that Michael Beasley was arrested on another marijuana charge, the speculation began to swirl about how quick the Phoenix Suns would find a way to cut ties with the former No. 2 pick.
Of course, the natural progression was for fans to ask what’s next if the Suns did drop him. More importantly, it opened the door for Miami Heat fans to ask what’s next, especially with the team recently releasing one of their most potent outside scorers. After all, Mike Miller was the player that they traded Beasley to sign.
So it was pretty logical when a reader decided to Ask Ira if the Heat would consider bringing back a player who twice violated the NBA‘s drug policy while in Miami, entered a treatment facility in 2009, was ticketed for possession in 2011 and is still under investigation for a sexual assault claim in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Now that I think of it, that might not have been the most logical question, but the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writer tackled it anyway.
“Beyond skill sets, when it comes to adding complementary talent, there also has to be a complementary element in the locker room. For a team looking for an eighth or ninth man, there is no need to risk harmony in the locker room…”
“Maybe it was an obvious step for me to wonder if things could come full circle because I, like former teammate Udonis Haslem, am a fan of Beasley’s and would love to know that this is just “a bump in the road.”
But I could also see where it could be mutually beneficial. With Miller gone, Miami could use another wing scorer to step in during those games when Dwyane Wade is a little nicked up or LeBron James needs a breather.
His ability to shoot and put the ball on the floor would also provide them with an alternative to a bench full of spot-up shooters. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Beasley has a little dog in him.
He’s the type of player who wouldn’t be afraid to get in someone’s face and push back to defend his teammates — sort of in the mold of his Miami mentor, Haslem. In my opinion, that grit’s another thing that the Heat could use more of.
Above all, this is the type of redemption story that Pat Riley thrives on. Just ask former Heat forward Lamar Odom, who came to Biscayne Bay after the Los Angeles Clippers refused to match his offer sheet in 2003.
According to ESPN, they let him walk because of “issues of character and other risks involved.” In other words, his reputation for being lazy and violating the league’s drug policy scared teams away from signing him. He was talented, but truly only relied on his God-given skills. Sound familiar?
Beasley with LeBron’s work ethic equals Melo.
— chris palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) January 31, 2013
If the man can get it together, he’ll have a second chance to make good on his promise to the Suns at his signing day press conference:
“I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy,” Beasley said of his marijuana habit in 2012. “I’m confident to say that that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won’t be coming back.”
And maybe he’ll be able to come back to where it all started and repay Riley for that draft pick.
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