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Miami Heat sign Michael Beasley to training camp contract

Sep 11, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

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Michael Beasley is back with the Miami Heat… at least for training camp.

The Miami Heat have signed Beasley to a training camp contract, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and confirmed by the team. The deal is for one year at the veteran minimum ($1 million for him) and this is not guaranteed. He can be cut.

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

This summer the Heat have now added Beasley and Greg Oden, the two biggest draft busts of the past decade. Remember it was the Heat who drafted Beasley No. 2 (just after Derrick Rose) and he was coached by Erik Spoelstra and was teammates with Dwyane Wade. Both signings are not a bad roll of the dice by Miami.

Beasley was waived by the Suns after another arrest for marijuana possession. Beasley has an ability to score the basketball and some things he does well that would fit nicely within the Heat system — he’s a strong corner three shooter (nearly 40 percent for his career) and his ability to put the ball on the floor and drive when a defender closes out too hard would be welcome.

But Beasley hasn’t made good decisions anywhere on his stops through the NBA — his game has regressed every year since he was in Miami (in terms of efficiency). He hasn’t played within the system anywhere, so we should’t expect it here. His biggest statistical success in points per game came in Minnesota, when a team that needed offense let him go off in isolation a lot. It didn’t work out well if you’re into winning games. Aside that Beasley has just not fit in systems, not played defense.

If you want to believe that will be different in Miami, go ahead. The Heat have only 13 players on their roster, so there is room. Just don’t bet the rent money on it working out.

The Heat didn’t, they made a small bet and that is not a bad play to see if things are different.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    ugh. what a disaster of a player.

    • bougin89 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      I was hoping the Bucks would sign him to a one year deal. I figured that way he could shoot us to the #1 pick and we could finally get a piece to rebuild around in Wiggins.

  2. reesesteel23 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    If anybody can bring the best out of him the Heat can. Worth a shot.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      The heat had him before….. he was poor. The wolves had him…. he was worse. The suns had him….. he was awful. He got consistently worse during the years when most players get better. The guy is a waste of money and even if he makes a phenomenal jump in productivity he’d still be below average.

      • mogogo1 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        He’s been a head case but when he has it halfway together he can play. Career 45% FG, 34% from 3, averaged 19 per game just a couple seasons ago.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:39 AM

        last year he had more shots than points. He’s never been efficient, not even remotely close. Do you really think he’s going to get 25.3 shots per 48 minutes on the Heat?

      • mogogo1 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        He doesn’t have to get that many shots with the Heat. He’s spent his entire career mostly with losers with no other offensive talent. Have you actually looked at Miami’s reserves? A Beasley would be a huge addition for them talent-wise.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Birdman is much better than him, Battier is better than him, Haslem is better than him, Ray Allen is better than him. Oden, if healthy, is monumentally better than him. Ironically, if Beasley was injured and didn’t play he’d be better than a healthy Beasley. The guy is a negative producer. I love the “bad team” argument. Beasley played a ton of horrible minutes, so he was very responsible for that bad team. A lot of that was his fault.

  3. senorpapino - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Haha all the thumbs down from Heat “fans” who praise this as some sort of good move. My guess is that he gets cut at some point this season.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      So you’re predicting that he makes it onto the opening-day roster in the first place. Maybe, maybe not – Jarvis Varnado, Justin Hamilton, and Eric Griffin have all shown something at various times and are fighting for the same two roster slots, and are *not* head cases. But the price is certainly reasonable for a look-see.

      • skinsfanwill - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        They also are not as talented as Beasley. Varnado was drafted 3 years ago with Fat boy from Texas (I can’t even say his name because he was the biggest bust ever) .and he hasn’t made it yet. Beasley is clearly light years ahead of those guys. You get him for a million on a non guaranteed contract you take that chance. You can always go back and grab Varnado, hamilton and Griffin because no one else will be signing them.

    • miamatt - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Can’t it be a good move AND still result in Beasley getting cut? They signed him to a non-guaranteed minimum contract. I’m a Heat fan, and I suspect that you and I are in agreement that Beasley won’t help the Heat this year or any year.

      But there is no risk on Miami’s end. He won’t be a distraction, the Heat have five veterans who are former top six picks to offer mentorship, and Beasley is easily released if (when?) his knucklehead ways re-surface.

      When you consider that Juwan Howard and Jarvis Varnado had a place at the end of the Heat bench last season, there really is no downside to giving the former no. 2 overall pick one last shot.

  4. bowiek2013 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    He can help the Heat 3peat. Keep yourself in shape and wait until the season is over before you smoke again. Stay at home and off the road. Love the Miami Heat , LBJ is the best ever. I know everyone thinks MJ is better. MJ may be a better scorer, but LBJ is a beast and very likeable. GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Nothing is guaranteed for him and he has to play himself onto the team ahead of guys with considerably less baggage. What’s to lose?

  6. beach305 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    And the Heat still have there mid-level in case a big asset becomes available at the deadline.

    riley is king

  7. BigBeachBall - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    the heat were one botched rebound away from losing last years title, credit to allen, but they aren’t 3-peating next year…

    • antistratfordian - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      But it wasn’t botched it was Boshed.

      The Spurs had a double digit lead in the fourth quarter and Miami cut it down to nothing. The Heat deserved to win that game as they fought harder for it… e.g. that Bosh rebound. That’s what champions do.

      So I still don’t see any team in the association can beat the Heat in a series.

  8. thebigcaptain2011 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    There are worse players they could have invited to camp. Maybe he makes the team and is on his best behavior and it turns into one of those sneaky good moves. Maybe he tanks. Low risk move.

  9. cbrown386 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Miami made a washed up Mike Miller and Shane Battier look like stars for a few nights, I think Beasley can certainly contribute if they put him in the right role. Beasley has gotten worse since Miami, but look at those teams – he was supposed to carry more weight than he could. Now he can come in, find 7-10 shots per game, and contribute without having to carry the load.

  10. money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    smh at all the positive forward thinking miami fans who had no good to say about this guy prior to him being connected to the heat.

    most of the thumbs downs on this page is and will be by heat fans who will protect their new potential signing to the death because he dons a heat jersey now. i would have no problem with anyone on anyone’s team just so long as yall didnt get hypocritical. all of a sudden, “this move can’t hurt” before that, all i heard about beasley was CANCER, LOST CAUSE, HE SHOULDNT BE IN THE LEAGUE. NOTHIN BUT A POT HEAD WITH NO MOTIVATION TO BE GOOD.

    golly, this sickens me. i wish beas the best nonetheless. i just hate hypocrites. makes me question what’s the truth. does people’s opinions change once the guy you’re throwing stones at joins your crew ? take a good look at yourself miami fans.

    • legend30 - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      I’m sure a lot of people (including myself) were saying that the right decision for him was to sign with a team like Heat or Spurs. I said he should go to rehab for a year. But I knew that was unlikely, so the next alternative for him was to sign with the Heat. He signed a training camp contract, so their is no risk to this deal. If he does make the team, then hopefully he becomes a better person. If not he will eventually get locked up.

      • gettinbuckets513 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Calm down, all he did was smoke some plants. No wonder America has the most people locked up in the world, because of idiots like you!

    • skinsfanwill - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      Anyone signing this guy for that chump contract would be a genius. It’s a no loss situation. If he screws up he comes right off the books. And he is only making 1 million. In comparison, Luke Walton was making 8 million a year. Now who is the fool?

      • money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        who would kobe and shaq say they would enjoy playing with between those two players if they had the choice?

        and legend and company, plz don’t try and qualify your change of hearts due to the team of the player you crucified. thats such a cop out. first of all, it’s not like he had a discipline issue where he is this out of control mind that needs veteran help. then i can see maybe how that could work. and if it is so easy to change your minds on someone because of the organization, hy don’t the spurs sign every single knucklehead with talent? because they can just transform their lives?

        the bottom line is , he was given 0 chance to succeed. zero faith in his basketball talents as well. not only was his work ethic questioned, but his talent was. if people can talk about barg’s poor shooting, what happened to the talk about beas’ shot selection? or poor basket making? while i never made these claims , i certainly saw them. just like bargnani, who had a good season one year, beasley had one in minny. but after that, people mad fun of beas’ ability to get the ball in the hole.

        regardless if you want to admit it or not, because beasley is no on your favorite team, THAT is why you want to give the man who had no chance, a chance now. NOT solely because he is playing for pat riley’s club.

        it’s a cop out if ive ever seen one.

      • gettinbuckets513 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        You idiot corporate execs do much more than smoke pot, they catch Dui’s which are much worse. Take your moral high ground somewhere else because most adults in America could care less if someone else smokes a joint, as statistics have shown.

    • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      I am a heat fan and have never hated Mike beas. Like I said in my comments is how bad does he wants it.

      Do you want to tell me that all the LBJ Haters will not welcome him to their team and forget about the ass kicking and problems he gives their teams?

    • miamatt - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM


      I’ve been on the record saying “Beasley isn’t worth the bag of weed he got arrested with”. And I’m a Heat fan. I don’t expect Beasley to help the Heat now or ever.

      But having said that, there is absolutely no downside to this signing for Miami. A vet’s minimum deal, easily cut, easily replaced. The veterans in that locker room won’t put up with any garbage from Beasley. It is possible for a Heat fan to think Beasley is all things negative but still see the potential upside to this move. I mean, Juwan Howard and Jarvis Varnando sat at the end of the Heat bench last year, so really now, what’s to lose?

      If you follow the history of the Heat closely, you know that they love them a good reclamation project. Usually it’s just another Eddy Curry but every so often they turn up an Ike Austin. Either way, there’s no risk to taking on an end-of-the-bench project on a non-guaranteed deal.

      • money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        so the guy people had no faith would put down weed, all of a sudden has little risk? ok.

      • miamatt - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        There’s no risk because he can be released at will. He isn’t taking anybody of consequences roster spot if he even makes the team. This is a last chance and if he messes up it won’t last long. How would the Heat ever be hurt by waiving Michael Beasley? They have invested zero guaranteed dollars or draft picks to sign him. And let’s not act like he would have any sort of influence to even be a cancer in a locker room with at a minimum three sure fire hall of famers. Ain’t gonna happen.

    • allthewaylive1 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      It seems that back in 2010 a lot of people were calling LBJ demeaning, and downright ugly names because he moved from Cleveland to Miami. Not one of those people who hated on him then, or who are still hating on him now wouldn’t want him on their team; especially those Laker fans who want a replacement for Kobe, and the Cleveland fans who would welcome him back after all the nastiness they, and the owner spewed out. My point here is that hypocrisy is not singular to the Miami fans…

  11. chicagofan - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I am disappointed that the other teams let the Heat add to their arsenal. Their chances to 3peat have increased dramatically and many of their opponents will regret not keeping him out of Miami. Just because he is a pothead doesn’t mean he won’t help them win some big games and rest D Wade’s failing knees. This is terrible news!

    • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      @chicagofan, I gave you thumbs up for that, but as a heat fan am not disappointed at all, I have always like Mike and I know if he can get his head together he will be good. I have been waiting for this day since he was sent to T-Wolves. I was praying no other team grab him except the heat and if this works, and Oden’s then…………………………………………

  12. hildezero - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I think this might work for both camps.

  13. dawkafella - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    CoolBeas is a volume scorer off the bench. He shoots well off the pass, perfect for our offense. If he’s on let him shoot but I when he’s off….take a seat at the end of the bench! Plus he’s better then most of the players on other teams bench!

  14. donth8thehorns - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    The guy has not lived up to his “talent” for sure. Pothead? Definately! But, with that trio of players, he will kill it! My squad sucked so I would smoke pot too if I had to play for the wolves! The suns? Absolutely bong material….. He will be just fine if he has an occasional Oney

  15. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    The Heat have earned the right to not be second guessed.

    • kb2408 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      What reclamation project are they going to sign next….Eddie Curry (oops, forgot they already tried that!)? Perhaps A.I.? I heard Antoine Walker is looking for another contract.

      • tomtravis76 - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:42 AM

        How many rings does Eddie curry have now?

      • miamatt - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Go watch some Ike Austin highlights.

        Is that actually supposed to be some sort of insult, that the Heat take on reclamation projects? Who is the Lakers’ 15th man? Really, I’d like to know what the downside is the signing a talented (if grossly knuckleheaded) player to a non-guaranteed, veteran’s minimum deal. I doubt Beasley ever helps Miami, but I can think of worse things to do with their last roster spot.

      • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        You sound jealous and broken hearten, in some point of our life’s, we ‘ve all been giving the second chance. Anyway Antoine and Curry won championship ring with the heat so that was not a bad move right.

  16. kinggw - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Another great low risk, high reward signing for the Heat. Beasley is still just 24 years old. He will benefit from the veteran presence around the Heat. It won’t cure him of his immaturity but it will help. Talented as he is, Beasley knows that he’s running out of chances.

    Assuming Beasley is on his best behavior and sticks, the Heat have picked up another 25 or younger talent that will more than likely resign on the cheap, giving them a better chance to extend their title window. Like Oden,if it doesn’t work out, the Heat gave up nothing of consequence to take a flier on a marquee talent.

  17. rodge1 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Great low-risk move by the Heat. They got their #2 pick back for an extremely low salary, that’s awesome… Welcome back Mike, stay out of trouble and you will win a ring.

    • kb2408 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      He’s a year too late…

      • zeedoubleyou - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Save that response for when Tommy Boy finally fires D’Antoni.

    • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      yep, and am glad he is back home again.

    • spthegr8 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      @Rodge1 a.K.a Ryder1
      You think EVERYTHING the Heat do is good. So, you being happy about this isn’t suprising. It’s actually par for the course. They could sign Miley Cyrus & you’d be on here saying ” She will be GREAT coming off the bench. You are the definition of a Homer!!!!

  18. anarchopurplism - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    In honor of this epic signing……I will get super-baked & watch cartoons.

    • miamatt - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      All I wanna know is… who’s coming with me?

  19. shanelsweet - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    This is why some folks hate the NBA. A guy gets fired for good cause, but still “earns” $7+ million and has a good chance to win a championship ring with another team. Where else in the world does that happen?

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      in the world where the CBA covers this kind of stuff…….

    • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      hahahahahaaaaaaaaaa. Somethings Will Never be the Same, I fill you, but am glad this kid got the second chance, it could be your grandchild’s turn in the future so don’t worry be happy.

    • antistratfordian - Sep 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      What was the “good cause”? Because he smokes weed like Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan?

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        there’s nothing morally wrong with what he did, but due to failing repeated drug tests, he is unable to do his job. When your behavior and choices negatively affect your job performance, there is good cause to fire you.

  20. hildezero - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM


    Can you explain to me how the Suns are “bong material”?

  21. antistratfordian - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Miami is the perfect team for him right now. They’re probably the ONLY team he has any hope of surviving on – so many vets and hall of famers to keep him on the straight and narrow.

    And from Miami’s perspective – he has real talent obviously so they added that. Sometimes you catch glimpses of it. Maybe he can find a way to put it all together watching all these great work ethics on the Heat. He is only 24 years old.

    I think of Chris Carter’s career in the NFL when I think of the potential of guys like Beasles. Riley should call Carter up and see if he wouldn’t mind sitting down with him.

    • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM


  22. legend30 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    kb2408, if this signing is only a project, then why are you keep commenting? Worry about the Lakers. Yeah, Wes Johnson, Jodie Meeks, Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake, Nick Young, Shawne Williams were tremendous pickups by the Lakers……. Enjoy being a 7th/8th seed (mediocre) at best.

  23. money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    does anyone think, had miami lost to the spurs in game 6 of the finals, that beasley would be a heat member now?

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Why should the Heat front office have assessed the team’s needs as significantly different if Ray had missed the three? They won the title, but that didn’t stop them from playing in both summer leagues, and it didn’t stop them from bringing Justin Hamilton back from Europe to see if he can help in the middle. Their assessment of Beasley’s possible value to the team shouldn’t have depended on that three either, and I see no reason to think it did – if anyone disagrees, by all means make that case. I’d like to hear it.

    • ironman682 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      I don’t think the heat or spurs went into the finals with the mindset to loose, the better team won so there should be no If. One door closes another opens, and this time the door was open for Mike beas. and he needs to take advantage of it.

    • miamatt - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      I don’t see why that would have any affect. Media blowback is the only risk, and Riley really isn’t one to care.

  24. illiyas - Sep 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Pat riley is the man! never doubt him. they brought in birdman and heat got better, beasley will help the heat. and if it doesnt work ummm LBJ!!

  25. ProBasketballPundit - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Beasley can be a good role player for a contending team… but he has to accept his role and work hard even if he only plays 5 minutes a night. I don’t see him doing that. He’s always been the kind of guy who might show up IF you give him 35 minutes. Even though getting cut from Phoenix should humble him I can’t see him suddenly turning into a super efficient bench guy.

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