The rumors are true. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the much maligned Michael Beasley has reached an agreement to join the Miami Heat at training camp.
After playing one year at Kansas State, the Heat selected Beasley with the #2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He had a productive rookie season, averaging 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Heat and was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team. Beasley also spent his second season with the Heat, but in the offseason, he was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 2011 and 2014 second-round draft picks. The move was made so the Heat could clear the cap space necessary to re-sign Dwyane Wade and sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
After three seasons in Minnesota, Beasley signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. After just one season, Beasley was waived. Beasley could provide the extra scoring punch and occasional outside shooting the Heat to go after their third straight championship.
Although his off the court problems have been well-document, the 6-10 forward is loaded with talent. Over his career, Beasley has averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He has shot 44.7% from the field, 34.5% from beyond the arc and 75.7% from the free throw line.