Heat sign Michael Beasley

Heat reunite with former No. 2 pick Michael Beasley

9/11/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Michael Beasley was a hot commodity coming out of college, regarded as a virtual certainty to be selected second overall in the 2008 draft behind Derrick Rose. Beasley was, in fact, taken with that second overall pick by the Miami Heat, but his career in South Beach did not last too long.

Blog Photo - Heat sign Michael BeasleyWhen the Heat realized that they had an opportunity to bring in LeBron James and Chris Bosh via free agency while also retaining Dwyane Wade, they were quick to make sure they did all within their power to make it happen. Beasley's 2010-11 salary was providing a hurdle in the Heat's mission to lock up the best big three in the league, so they released him, putting the former second overall pick on the street at the age of 21.

After some ups and downs in Minnesota and Phoenix over the past few years, Beasley found himself a cap casualty once again this past summer. This time around, however, he was swooped up by the team that he started his NBA career with - Beasley has officially signed with the Miami Heat.

Beasley's size and playing style have caused him growing pains in the NBA, as he is sort of in limbo between the small forward and power forward positions. He has failed to offer much more than moderate scoring throughout his five-year professional career, so the Heat - who have plenty of guys who can put the ball in the basket - are no lock to keep him on their roster for the regular season. His contract is not guaranteed.

Beasley will fight for a roster spot throughout the preseason, but even if he makes the team, he is unlikely to get much playing time on a stacked Heat roster.
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