Michael Paul Beasley Jr. has a problem. The 24 year old, 2nd overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft has a serious problem. His problem? He’s a weed head. In his short NBA career Michael has had 3 documented issues with marijuana, and his last incident saw him waived from the Phoenix Suns one year after signing a 3 year 18 million dollar deal. His dismissal from the Suns saw him leave his 3rd franchise in his short career (after stints in Miami and Minnesota). To date Michael has averaged 14.1 points per game over his career and 5.2 rebounds per game. He may have a problem but Beasley is a 6 foot 9 forward, who can shoot and handle with both hands. He’s an ambidextrous athlete that should be coveted by teams but once again there is that problem.
Now, if I were an NBA General Manager I wouldn’t sign Michael Beasley for this season. No, while I personally believe in the legalization of marijuana, it’s my belief that Beasley’s consumption of the drug has ruined his career (to this point). If I was Beasley’s agent, I’d advise him to show contrition, go to a rehab, and try to show teams after next season that he’s in a better place. However, Michael is 6 foot 9 as I mentioned earlier, and does have some talent on the offensive end, as well as being a capable defender. Despite his issues with marijuana, as well as his strange lifestyle there is a place for his abilities in the NBA. So, while I wouldn’t sign Beasley there are some teams out there who should be interested. The Miami Heat were one of those teams and they signed Beasley to a contract earlier this afternoon.
The Miami Heat are the reigning 2 time NBA Champions, and Beasley’s first franchise. The Heat should want anyone that they can bring in on the cheap and can take on the scoring load of the 2nd unit. Beasley was jettisoned to make cap space to bring in the big 3 so he didn’t play with the new Heat, but filling Mike Miller’s role off the bench as well as taking the scoring load off of an aging Ray Allen is a primary reason why the Heat have signed him. The Heat have won two rings by playing small ball. LeBron James entered the NBA as a Magic Johnson clone, but in the last two seasons he’s excelled as a flex forward. LeBron is a small forward by nature but can and has played the power forward slot.
Beasley can fill that role off of the bench with the 2nd unit. Or he could slide into one of the forward slots when the Heat play bigger teams like the Bulls and Pacers. As mentioned prior Beasley can score inside and outside and is a decent rebounder. Adding Beasley and Greg Oden should only strengthen the franchise.
However, there is a downside to the Beasley signing. He has his demons. He has to prove that he can stay away from marijuana and stay interested in the game. I’m not so sure he can but the Heat needed to do all that they can to keep the Heat competitive and to entice LeBron about the viability of their future. Despite my reservations of Beasley’s character I believe they have done so with this signing. Only time will tell but Michael Paul Beasley Jr. is going to have to prove he’s more solution than problem in Miami this season.
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