According to a report by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami HEAT have not yet decided on whether to bring back forward Michael Beasley and center Greg Oden. Their roster sits at the minimum of 12 (well, depending on how you view Justin Hamilton) and they have room for a maximum of 15 players. Both players can only be offered the veteran's minimum by Miami once Chris Bosh's contract become official.
Last season Oden played in just 23 games (six starts) for Miami and averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in just 9.2 minutes a game. Oden missed a lot of time simply preparing his body for the rigors of the NBA after missing three full NBA seasons and briefly became a starter to offer Miami more bulk. Sadly, he completely fell out of the rotation following a pummeling in the paint by Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers on March 26th. The HEAT claim a back ailment was the reason Oden went from starter to suit wearer, but it's reasonable to have some skepticism with their claim.
Oden would still provide a need for Miami as the team is thin on pure centers and it seems Miami viewed the Oden project as a multi-season experiment with how careful they were with him in year one. Still, his agent Mike Conley Sr. has stated Miami hasn't reached out to Oden's camp and other teams are showing interest.
Michael Beasley averaged career lows across the board, but sported career highs in FG% (50%) and shot 39% from beyond the arc as well. His production per-36 minutes was consistent with his career per-36 production (efficiency uptake notwithstanding).
Beasley's career has been defined by inconsistency and this season was no exception. His minutes crested in December and then fluctuated wildly before Beasley was reduced to mop up duty in the 4th quarters of blowouts. In his defense (and people overlook this), Miami played some of their best regular season basketball after Beasley entered the team's rotation (by around the 7th game of the season). Despite a subpar 54-28 record that reminds fans of the drag the regular season was, Miami started out 22-6 (the best start of the Big 3 era) and Beasley was very much a part of this, shooting exceptionally well from the perimeter, using his athleticism and quicks to attack hapless backups, and generating easy baskets on the fastbreak (an area the Heat were sorely lacking in beyond LeBron James). In November and December of 2013, Beasley averaged 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and shot 53% from the field in only 19 minutes per game.
Still, his grasp of the defensive system wasn't up to Miami's standards and Erik Spoelstra eventually opted for more limited combo forwards such as Shane Battier and Rashard Lewis. There were also rumblings that LeBron James did not enjoy Beasley's attitude, but this would contradict the organization's statements on how satisfied they were with Beasley's growth and acceptance of his tenuous role on the team.
There is less of a need for Beasley on this roster considering how Miami has replenished their forward corps following LeBron's departure, Battier's retirement, and Lewis' knee surgery with Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger & James Ennis, who all fit into Erik Spoelstra's philosophy of multiple/un-defined positions on the court. There's always a team willing to take a chance on Beasley's limitless potential and someone will eventually hurl more money and minutes than Miami can offer Michael. Interestingly enough, he's been working out with childhood friend and current league MVP Kevin Durant.
Jackson's report also notes that the team "believes it's unlikely Ray Allen will return".
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