Miami Heat bring back Michael Beasley despite looming weed, assualt suspensions
Beasley's current legal troubles are the equivalent of a whole season of "CSI: Miami". In 2013 alone, he's had a marijuana arrest, a still-unresolved sexual assault accusation, and a driving-on-a-suspended-license-with-a-loaded-gun incident. Discipline from both the league and the law are still pending.
All of this notwithstanding. the Miami Heat re-signed Michael Beasley early Wednesday afternoon, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Beasley gets one year, $1.02 million and presumably one strike with the defending champs for the 2013-14 season.
The Heat grabbed Beasley at No. 2 overall (just after Derrick Rose went No. 1) in 2008. He was never suspended with the Heat, but generally underachieved and drew fines for a drug-related incident. The he tweeted a picture of himself with a bag of weed in the background (seen left, with emphasis added to the bag of weed). The Heat traded Beasley in 2010 during their successful attempt to clear cap space for LeBron and Chris Bosh.
The smokable hits kept coming for Beasley at his new locale with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He got a speeding ticket and marijuana charge after his first season in Minnesota, but avoided suspension time because of the NBA lockout. Beasley generally sucked (11.5 PPG average) and the Wolves let him walk after the next season.
Signing with Phoenix in July 2012, Beasley has accrued a speeding and gun incident (no charges), a sexual assault charge (still unresolved) and a marijuana arrest (league discipline pending). The Suns bought Beasley out, and will still pay him the next two seasons.
And so Beasley returns to Miami, albeit likely to start the season on suspension. Who knows, he may manifest a great comeback story a la "Birdman" Andersen. But if things go "CSI:Miami", Beasley will be MIA.