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Michael Beasley to become free agent after Heat decline option

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Will this finally be the end of Beasley in a Miami Heat uniform?

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The Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman tweeted today that the Miami Heat have declined to pick up their $1.3 million team option on forward Michael Beasley, making the former No. 2 pick a free agent July 1.

The oft-maligned player posted a picture on Twitter and Instagram signaling the news, saying, "Goodbye Miami."

The Heat can still sign Beasley to a non-guaranteed contract. But keep in mind that Miami only signed Beasley last year amid the team's rash of injuries, including Chris Bosh's season-ending blood clot. And the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson said that Pat Riley's decision to draft Justise Winslow was a "major factor" in the decision to allow Beasley to test the free agency waters. Maybe this really is the end of Michael Beasley in a Miami Heat uniform.