Last year, the Miami Heat decided to take a chance on troubled but talented forward Michael Beasley, signing the free agent to serve as a backup to forward LeBron James. Beasley responded by having the most efficient season of his career but hasn’t gotten the type of offers he’d hoped for now that he’s a free agent.
Zach Links of Hoops Rumors wonders if the Cleveland Cavaliers might do the same thing the Heat did a year ago.
This is entirely speculative, but it’s conceivable that the Cavs, who are looking to add frontcourt depth, could be interested in Beasley. The Cavs hosted Shawn Marion for a visit yesterday, but they’re not the only team looking to add him, so Beasley could be a Plan B if that doesn’t pan out. One potential roadblock there could be LeBron James and his reported dissatisfaction with Beasley’s play and focus last season in Miami. According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, James was furious with Beasley and his spacey antics in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Still, there could be a fit if Beasley can convince Cavs management and the club’s star player that he’s ready to zero in a bit more on the court.
The Cavaliers have already added swingmen James Jones and Mike Millers, are courting guard Ray Allen, look like the favorites to sign forward Shawn Marion and most importantly, reportedly have a handshake agreement to sign Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
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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