Jan 7, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley (8) looks on during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 107-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Beasley rumors: Beasley could still re-sign with Miami Heat

When forward Michael Beasley returned to the Miami Heat, the team that selected him with the number two overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and where he spent his first two pro seasons, last year, not much was expected. Instead, Beasley had the most efficient season of his career. That, however, has not helped Beasley find a team in free agent and he remains a free agent. Although a return to the Heat has been ruled out by many, it is still possible.

Zach Links explains why Beasley may remain with the Heat.

Meanwhile, a return to Heat could still be a possibility even though it appeared to be a longshot at one point given his limited role in the postseason. When asked if Beasley could get a new deal in Miami, team president Pat Riley responded, “He’s still a consideration, absolutely.” I

Ira Winderman also wonders if the Heat may re-sign Beasley, who head coach Erik Spoelstra considered “one of our own.”

I keep thinking back to how Erik Spoelstra consistently referred to Beasley as “one of our own” last season, because of the Heat initially drafting him out of college. Yet at a time when the Heat could use some of what Beasley can offer, it’s interesting how Michael again has become an outsider.

Beasley averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 55 games last season. He shot 49.9% from the floor, 38.9% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line. In his six-year career, he has played for the Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns.

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