While Michael Beasley’s second stint with the Miami Heat last season wasn’t massive success, it also wasn’t an enormous disaster. Beasley couldn’t stay in the team’s rotation for the full year, but still had his moments and finished the 2013-14 campaign with averages of 7.9 points (49.9 percent shooting from the floor) and 3.1 rebounds per game.
However, Beasley has seen very little free agent interest this summer. Miami doesn’t seem particularly interested in him and it’s never seemed as if Beasley has been close to signing with another team.
But there is the possibility that Beasley gets scooped up by a team that hasn’t really been mentioned as potential suitor: the Indiana Pacers.
From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
Elsewhere, interest has been tepid, to a degree similar to last summer, when Beasley was not added by the Heat until Sept. 11. There was a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers that ended without a contract offer. There yet could be interest from the Indiana Pacers, now that Shawn Marion has instead signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, leaving the Pacers to reconsider 2014-15 life without Paul George (and whether Chris Copeland would be a preferable Plan B to Beasley).
Taking a flier on Beasley actually makes a decent amount of sense for Indiana. The Pacers could use another small forward and the team as constructed will have a real tough time scoring the ball with the departure of Lance Stephenson and Paul George’s likely season-ending injury.
Beasley fills both of the those holes, so don’t be surprised if the Pacers ultimately make a run at the former Kansas State standout.