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Heat give Michael Beasley’s No. 8 jersey to newly signed Shawne Williams

Aug 23, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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The Heat took a chance on Michael Beasley as a reclamation project last season, but he was unable to help the team on the court in anything resembling a meaningful way.

Beasley reportedly was on his best behavior in Miami, after a series of issues in Phoenix caused the Suns to decide on a parting of ways.

But a lack of production led to the team to look for assistance elsewhere, and while it isn’t yet 100 percent certain that Beasley won’t be back, the team didn’t hesitate in handing out his jersey number to one of its newly-acquired free agent signings.

From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

The last time the Miami Heat gave away Michael Beasley’s number they at least waited a year before issuing No. 30 to Norris Cole.

This time, the transaction took place within a matter of weeks, with Beasley’s No. 8 already assigned to newcomer Shawne Williams for the coming season, even with Beasley still in limbo, as an unsigned free agent.

While the Heat still are eligible to retain Beasley, the numerology speaks otherwise.

This isn’t as bad as Houston prematurely giving away Jeremy Lin’s number to Carmelo Anthony this summer in a free agent pitch, because Lin was still a member of the Rockets at the time.

But if Beasley was still holding out hope that the Heat may be interested in having him back — something that Pat Riley said “was still a consideration” a few weeks ago — he might want to use this somewhat insensitive move by the franchise as a cue to begin to seek out employment options somewhere else.

  1. Hard On For Harden - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    The Rockets also used Luis Scola and Patrick Beverley’s numbers in recruiting Chris Bosh in 2010 and Dwight Howard in 2013, but whatever. Jeremy Lin, diaries of a narcissist.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      So they regularly disrespect their own players? Got it.

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        It is a freaking number. If they had obtained those free agents, said players most likely would have made a deal to give up their number. This is pretty common in all sports, as you are fully aware. I hope you’re enjoying your continuing engagement of me in an internet pissing contest.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        he’ll win…

        ya can’t piss with a hard on, hard on…

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Wow, think about the amount of time spent in your life wasted waiting for your morning wood to wear off while standing at the toilet. You should try to push next time, you’ll be amazed at what comes out. You guys make an adorable team though? Who’s Batman and who’s Robin?

    • chrisausten1203 - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:08 AM

      Nope. You got that wrong. They used neither Scola nor Beverley’s number to recruit Bosh or Howard. Neither Bosh nor Howard’s pictures in Rockets uniforms during the recruiting pitch showed any number.

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

  2. vikesdynasty - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Who cares it’s Michael Beasley.

  3. nfl4days - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Took this scrub over westbrook and K love.

  4. mogogo1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    “The Heat took a chance on Michael Beasley as a reclamation project last season, but he was unable to help the team on the court in anything resembling a meaningful way.”

    He shot 50% from the floor and 38% from 3-point range. His role was supposed to be scoring off the bench and when he was actually allowed to play he gave them exactly that. No doubt there’s plenty of baggage with Beasley but this perception that he somehow didn’t do what Miami asked of him is simply wrong. The biggest question remains why Spo let him ride the pine in the Finals when the Heat could not buy baskets. It certainly didn’t make Spo look overly smart when Beasley was sent into Game 5 and nearly outscored both Wade and Bosh in about half the minutes they played.

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