Thursday, December 12, 2013 3:25 PM
Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Michael Beasley is headed back to Miami.
Beasley, who played for three Prince George’s County high schools during a well-traveled prep career, is returning to the franchise that made him the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Both sides have come to terms on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract.
“Michael had the best years of his career with us,” Miami Heat President Pat Riley said. “We feel that he can help us.”
Beasley, 24, spent the first two seasons of his NBA career in Miami before he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to make room under the salary cap for the free agent signings of Lebron James and Chris Bosh and the re-signing of Dwayne Wade.
The former Kansas State standout is now set to re-join a franchise that seeks to capture its third consecutive NBA title and Beasley could be a significant contributor.
“As a member of the Heat, his ability to put the ball in the cup will augment an already talented roster, likely off the bench,” said Ron Bailey, Publisher of i95ballerz.com.
After two seasons in Minnesota, Beasley was traded to the Phoenix Suns last year but was released earlier this month after his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession.
Beasley, a five-year NBA veteran, has appeared in 354 games and averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 26.4 minutes while shooting 44.7 percent from the field.
During his prep career, Beasley attended six highs schools including Bowie High, National Christian Academy (Fort Washington) and Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro) where he was coached by Louis Wilson. As a 6-foot-8 sophomore at Riverdale Baptist, Beasley averaged 19.9 points and 13 rebounds per game while leading the Crusaders to a 33-1 record.
During his first two seasons in Miami, the 6-foot-10 forward helped guide the Heat to consecutive postseason berths, appearing in 12 playoff games including four starts and averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 40.9 percent from the field.
“This time around, Miami could be a God-send for Beasley, a talented front court scorer desperately in need of rebranding,” Bailey said.