Miami Heat Give Michael Beasley A Chance To Do It Again

By Richard Nurse
Michael Beasley
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“We felt Michael had two very good years in Miami,” Pat Riley said when the Miami Heat traded Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for draft picks.

That trade was a popular move that brought Mike Miller to Miami. Now Beasley has the chance to replace Miller in a similar role as the emergency bench guy. Which is why I said — a month ago — that he would be a great fit back in South Beach, even though he was still a Phoenix Sun.

Writers out of Miami argued that it would never happen, but obviously management saw the void. Beasley’s a 6-foot-10 ambidextrous wing player, who’s athletic enough to do what only two other players on the team (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade) can do — and that’s be effective putting the ball on the floor.

It makes all the sense in the world because he has the tendency to play better at power forward than small forward. And that works to the advantage of Miami.

Beasley can slide to the power position and play alongside Chris Bosh and James in the frontcourt or slip to small when James or Wade hit the bench for maintenance. It also helps that he’s highly capable of putting up big numbers in flashes. He showed that with his career-high 42-points in 2010 and going score for score with Kobe Bryant in 2013.

The Heat don’t need him to lead the league in scoring like Doc Rivers told Yahoo! Sports that he believes Beasley can do, but it would be nice if he showed his “Carmelo Anthony ability” that Doc spoke of. Maybe he’ll even get motivated to get closer to his 12.4 rebounds per game college average.

Either way, this move is low risk, high reward for Riley who now has a team full of established vets to keep the 24-year-old in check. Plus, they couldn’t pass up when Beasley offered to sign a non-guaranteed contract — regardless of a likely suspension.

“Michael had the best years of his career with us,” Riley said in a statement. “We feel that he can help us.”

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