I know what you're thinking....well no I don't. When it comes to Michael Beasley, there are so many polar opposite views of whether he can help the Miami Heat or hurt them.
Here's what we do know: Michael Beasley has returned from is stint playing for the CBA in China, and now he's working out in Miami waiting on an NBA contract.
Michael Beasley is back from China, working out in Miami as he waits for NBA offer. A few teams have shown interest: http://t.co/FwA54wBcPt— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 14, 2015
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders also summed up Beasley's time in China and the possibility of him joining a roster like this:
(Michael) Beasley had a very successful season in the CBA, averaging 28.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.9 steals while shooting 55.5 percent from the field. He also set a CBA record for most points in the league's All-Star Game (59), an achievement that's even more impressive when you consider that he was a late addition to the game and dropped those 59 points off of the bench. It wouldn't be a surprise to see a contender take a chance on Beasley just to see what he could bring to the table.
So this begs the question: Should the Miami Heat be interested and consider adding Beasley back to their roster?
Beasley spent his first two years with the Heat before the traded him away for room for Mike Miller. Beasley never lived up to the standards of a #2 pick and was often the center of trouble in those two years. Last year, the Heat took a chance on Beasley, and he showed great maturity in a reduced role playing in only 55 games. Beasley averaged only 7.9 PPG in 15.1 MPG last year for the Heat.
Then, the Heat decided to go a new way bringing in Shawne Williams and James Ennis to fill those minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies took a shot on Mike but decided not to add him to the roster. Beasley then decided to go to China.
I know, I know. I haven't answered the question.
But, it's complicated. The Heat have a maximum 15 players on their roster currently. They would have to eat one of those salaries (not a huge deal) to add Beasley to the roster. And then, you have to talk about where he would fit into the rotation.
I don't think Beasley is interested in trying to compete for minutes with James Ennis. Mike wants to know that he will be used and needed. And Beasley offers a lot. The Heat are the 3rd worst offensive scoring team in the NBA -- and that's exactly Mike's strong suite...scoring. But we all saw last year, he was never really given the room or freedom to do what he does best. It came out a few times, but there was a lid on it.
Part of that could have been a LeBron James factor. But how much of it was really an Erik Spoelstra thing? I'm not sure. There are some serious questions that need to be asked.
- Could the Heat use another player who can score on his own, make shots, and help the offensive? Yes.
- Do the Heat need another project (alongside Hassan Whiteside, James Ennis, and Tyler Johnson)? No.
- Do the Heat trust that Beasley is going to play defense better than last year? Probably not.
Those are some of the questions the Heat are going to have to wrestle with if the want to consider bringing Beasley back for round three. While the do that (or not), let's consider it ourselves.
Tell us what you think about Beasley and the Heat reuniting again...