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Report: Heat have laundry list of reasons for not re-signing Michael Beasley

Aug 25, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Michael Beasley, the former No. 2 overall pick, is just 25. These should be his prime money-earning years.

Instead, it’s been a rough summer for the free agent.

Despite early reports of several teams holding interest, Beasley hasn’t drawn much outside of a workout with the Lakers. He remains unsigned as options that pay more than a minimum salary have nearly completely dried up. The Heat even gave his number to Shawne Williams.

Those who have seen Beasley up close just aren’t impressed. LeBron Jamesdissatisfaction became clear on the way out the door, and those still running Miami aren’t optimistic, either.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

A person with direct knowledge cited several reasons for the Heat’s lack of interest: Inconsistency, lack of trust in his defense (and ability to execute the Heat’s defensive system), and maturity/focus issues, which are still a concern even though he improved somewhat in that regard last season.

It’s not difficult to read between the lines and see these issues from afar. Beasley played just 23 minutes in the playoffs, 17 of them in a Game 4 blowout loss to the Spurs in the Finals. The Heat just didn’t trust him.

Many teams let a player like Beasley walk. A smaller segment of them besmirch the player on his way out.

That a source put those concerns on the record, even anonymously, takes the situation to another level. These revelations, long suspected and a step closer to becoming confirmed, will make it more difficult for Beasley to get signed.

Not that he had an easy road in the first place.

  1. whglll1978 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM


    • avb300 - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I can’t believe how he can’t get an offer. He’s wayy too talented.

      Dude must be a real space cadet.

      • moneyz2 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        pot head ..

  2. gl2006 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Since when can a quote from an anonymous source be considered as “putting something on the record”? And how exactly is this uncommon? I feel like we read this type of thing all the time.

  3. 88heatnation - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Now if I only had a braaaain

  4. bougin89 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    These are basically all the reasons why the gamble by the Heat didn’t workout. Beasley was the same old Beasley.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Remarkable that it takes highly paid NBA scouting and management personnel 6 years to figure out that a player is completely unprofessional and has no business on an NBA roster.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        The Heat invested very little on a long shot. They thought the kid might grow up. It didn’t happen. Onward. There’s not much more to it.

  5. blahblah1000 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    One word about Michael Beasley = Immature

    Btw does he not look like a young Barack Obama, in this photo?

    • shanydawg - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      seriously? NO is the answer… he does NOT look like a young old or antient Obama. you might want to sit down for this.. but I’m going to lay a big one on you… it’s NOT true… they DON’T all look alike!

  6. 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I wonder what a conversation with Beasley would be like. Or to spend an entire day with him. In an NBA where all you have to do now is be either tall, young and/or have upside to get a max or near max contract, this former #2 pick who doesn’t suck -I mean, no matter what you say, he’s not a scrub- can’t even get a look for a minimum contract. I mean seriously, how much of a cancer/knucklehead/loser can he be? It’s very perplexing, the case of Michael SupercoolBeas Beasley.

    • topdawg4ever - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Sadly, despite all of his potential, he’s a knucklehead.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Yeah, no doubt. But it’s waaay deeper then that apparently. I want to know exactly what it is. More then the mary usage, the poor attitude, etc. We need an in depth ESPN 30 for 30 special on this.

      • 1historian - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        He is THE knucklehead

    • topdawg4ever - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Well. his career may end up as a 30 for 30 special just like the Run Ricky Run where they try to make sense of Ricky Williams…

      • fseque83 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Don’t you dare compare Ricky to this fool. Yeah, Ricky could’ve played longer but Ricky was an incredible running back he even had a 2000 yard season. Beasley has done absolutely nothing in the NBA.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      How many teams has he played for?
      How many have let him go?

      Beasley no es bueno.

      • dablakdrphil - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        He’s played for Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix and Miami again and still can’t get it together, damn shame too. He can ball but it’s the non sense he keeps doing that will damage his NBA career permanently

  7. soopreme - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM


    • dablakdrphil - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      I was waiting for someone to do the Stephen A Smith saying LMAO!!

  8. cantonbound13 - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    First Riley drafts this guy over guys like Westbrook & Love. Then he signs him as a free agent. In Riley they trust! Hahahaha!

    • paleihe - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      If you remember correctly, the draft was Rose or Beasley. They were the consensus 1/2 pick.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Everyone knew Beasley was talented, just lazy. The smart GM’s take note of the red flags.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        The smart GMs?? Sooo…just Gar Foreman? You know Beas went #2 right?

    • gl2006 - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      The top 2 players in the draft were Beasley and Rose. At the time, the 3rd best player wasn’t really considered close to them, talent wise. Didn’t turn out they way, but that wasn’t the first time the consensus 1st or 2nd player turned out worse than those taken later and it won’t be the last. And you don’t bother to mention the two titles won after that pick. But yeah, let’s mock Riley…makes sense.

      • pl4tinum514 - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        he could have traded down, but didnt

  9. mogogo1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Plenty of reasons to not be sold on Beasley, but unnamed Heat sources aren’t very convincing. They brought him in primarily for offense off the bench and he shot 50% from the floor and in that last game of the Finals he came close to outscoring Wade and Bosh despite playing roughly half as many minutes and coming in stone-cold. In a series where the Heat couldn’t buy a basket, it was a head-scratcher why Spo wouldn’t let Beasley do the one thing he excels at when nobody else not name LeBron was having any success.

    Would I want Beasley on my team? Maybe not. But the Heat have a clear interest to try and explain away their failure in the Finals and a departed player is a very convenient scapegoat.

    • 1historian - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      They lost in the finals to a better TEAM

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      The scapegoating idea doesn’t explain why Beasley has no offer on the table from any of the other 29 teams either

  10. seriouslaughable - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I love this. From now on ALL NBA player report cards from their most recent teams should be made public. Great policy. Accountability rocks.

  11. tomtravis76 - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    He needs to sign a vet minimum and ride that OKC bench working hard to get minutes to contribute. Being around his childhood friend in Durant,who has flourished as a professional, might help him grow as a man by creating stability. Signing with the Lakers will not be good for B-easy as an individual away from the court.

    But sometimes you just can’t fix stupid.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      I strongly doubt OKC wants him within a country mile of Durant.

  12. money2long - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Any thoughts heat fans ?
    Oh wait.
    Are they still called heat fans ?

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      It makes no sense to try to troll Heat fans as LeBron bandwagoners by commenting on a Heat article after LeBron left.

      By definition, any LeBron bandwagoners like antistratfordian are now Cavaliers fans.

  13. urodaddy07 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    This is kinda sad

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