Let’s be honest, there weren’t many realistic landing spots for Michael Beasley following his release from the Phoenix Suns last week. After initially saying they weren’t interested in the troubled forward, the Miami Heat surprised some people on Wednesday when they re-signed Beasley. The power forward of course spent the first two years of his career in South Beach, but was later dealt to free up cap space. Now, he’s back on a team that looks nothing like the one he left.
People are always going to be skeptical when it comes to players like Beasley. History tells us that it’s only a matter of time before he screws up again and finds himself back on the free agent market – but I happen to really like Miami’s decision to ink him.
For starters, they’re not going to give him guaranteed money. So really, there’s no risk in bringing him in. Secondly, I believe there’s enough talent and star power within the organization to keep him in check. That begins with Pat Riley and it goes on down the ladder to players like Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.
If there’s a team that can keep this troubled young man within the boundaries of the law, it’s the Heat. However, it still all starts with Beasley himself. If he doesn’t want to grow up, it’s not going to happen. Putting down the pipe, would probably be a good place to start.
If Michael Beasley can get his head on straight and buy into the new Heat culture, this signing could prove to be an absolute steal.