HHH Debate: Why the Miami Heat should pass on signing Michael Beasley

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Rumors say that the Miami Heat are considering signing free agent Michael Beasley, but should they?

After the Phoenix Suns reached a buyout agreement with Michael Beasley on the final  years remaining on his contract, he immediately was rumored to be on the Miami Heat's radar.


So far, it turns out that might be the case, as several veteran players on the Miami Heat have said they would support the move to bring back the former Miami Heat player.

Miami selected the former Kansas State star Michael Beasley with the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, but Beasley only played 2 seasons with the Heat, as he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010 for draft picks, and to clear up salary cap space for the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

With Michael Beasley being back on the free agent market again, I see why the Miami Heat might have an interest of bringing him back, but would it be a good move to re-sign him again?

Not so fast, I don't think so.

Could Michael Beasley contribute? Would he be a big help? Probably, he is still young and if he wants to be he could be a great player.

Key words/phrases in that last statement: If he wants to be.

The past few years, it has seemed Beasley is more interested in marijuana than he is basketball, and that is no recipe for success.

Miami has won back to back NBA championships, and been to the NBA Finals 3 years in a row. Bringing in a guy who can't stay out of trouble won't help the cause. Although he may be talented, he is not the type of player/character the Miami Heat, or any NBA team needs in their locker room.

In this offseason, former Portland Trail Blazer, and Ohio State Buckeye Greg Oden agreed to a deal with the Miami Heat. Although Oden is a talented player, thus far in his NBA career, he simply cannot stay healthy. That didn't scare Pat Riley away, as he signed him anyways.

Greg Oden is a big project. If you can keep him healthy, he is a great player and asset to the team. But that might have been the biggest IF ever, as every time Greg Oden moves, he gets injured in some way.

To sign Michael Beasley, is yet another project. Beasley is more durable than Greg Oden, but his problem is different than Oden's, he can't stay out of trouble. At the end of the day, they're both major problems.

If Michael Beasley can straighten himself out, and stay out of trouble, then I would take a chance on him, but right now, it's not a chance worth taking for Pat Riley and the Miami Heat organization.

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