Thursday's announcement that the Miami Heat would be signing Michael Beasley to a 10-day contract was met with varying responses. The team is struggling to keep pace in the Eastern Conference and, despite the recent acquisition of Goran Dragic, injuries to Chris Bosh have hurt Miami's short-term impact this season.
Beasley has developed a cult-like following in South Florida. Now enjoying his unprecedented third stint with the team, fans are wondering what he can bring to the table.
David Ramil: Michael Beasley 3.0! It sounds like a Terminator-style robot from the future that smokes too much and has a defensive rating in the high (no pun intended) 100's. In all seriousness, I think we've seen the best and worst of what B-Easy can bring to the Heat and I don't see how he fits into this season's plan for success. Losing Chris Bosh changed what Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra believed the team could achieve this year and Beasley seems like an all-too-familiar step in the wrong direction.
Earnest Christian: Can the third time truly be a charm? I really hope so. You can't complain that this Miami Heat organization time and time again under the third dimension of this Heat franchise since being drafted in 2008 that there hasn't been a lack for trying. What can the Beas provide? Well we know he's a liability on the defensive end but the hole Chris Bosh unfortunately left (our thoughts and prayers out to him and the Bosh family, by the way) has officially created loads of opportunities for guys like Henry "Do not call me Bill no more" Walker, who has made the best of them thus far and now Heat Nation (don't you hate that moniker) favorite Michael Beasley. Truly Beasley is on his way to becoming a Heat lifer. But I digress.
DR: You're right that there's a hole in the lineup but my point is that we already know what Beasley brings - and doesn't - to the table. Can he get you 10-15 quick points off the bench? Yes, but he'll likely give up that many, too. So, why not try something different that might work? That forward-thinking approach led to the development of young Hassan Whiteside and I'd say he's worked out pretty well for Miami this season and beyond.
EC: I think my position is simple. He's young. He has talent. He's familiar with the "system" and the way things are. I'd like to think his recent successful experience in China and how well he played overseas could translate into something that can at least sustain this Heat team for another 20 plus games should he graduate from the 10 day threshold. Also unlike 2008 and last season during the "Big Three" era, the expectations for Beasley honestly are and should be low. I'm not expecting him to replace Bosh because quite frankly C.B. is much more dynamic and provided so much more than just points on the board for Miami.
DR: It's a matter of having a realistic view of what you want out of the season. He's not going to fit any long-term plan and this team - as currently constructed - isn't going to be a legitimate threat in the playoffs. So why not take the time to develop a player that may wind up being a legitimate contributor in the future and, more importantly, on both sides of the ball? Beasley's signing is too reminiscent of what the team did during the "Big 3" era of signing veterans to fill gaps. They could afford to do so because the talent level at the top was so high. That's not the case this year. Adding a player that has room for growth and hasn't plateaued like Beasley is a more important priority for a team that should be looking to beyond this season. This isn't a knock on Beasley as a person. I truly hope he finds himself and, by extension, finds a place on a NBA roster - just not Miami's at this point in time.
EC: It's a 10-day trial. Whatever happens beyond this point is in his court. I still believe his personal maturity will dictate what and how he performs. I'll say it again, it's a risk at this point worth taking in an otherwise lost season. It costs Miami virtually nothing for the experiment.
So there you have it, Heat fans. If you agree or disagree, let us know in the comment section below.And feel free to post any topics we can debate in the future as we'll be making this a regular feature at Hot Hot Hoops. Thanks for reading!