Michael Beasley signs 10-day contract with Miami Heat

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balldontstop41Michael Beasley has been given another chance in the NBA by the Miami Heat. 

With star power forward Chris Bosh sidelined for the season due to a blood clot in his lungs and limited frontcourt depth, the Miami were looking to solidify their roster as they continue to make a push for the postseason. The Heat hope to have found their answer in Michael Beasley, who they drafted with the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

The Heat announced via Twitter on Thursday afternoon that they have signed Beasley, who’s maturity issues have prevented from finding a home in the NBA, to a 10-day contract. 

Beasley was invited to the Memphis Grizzlies’ training camp this past offseason, but was unable to make the team. He then went to China to play for Yao Ming’s team the Shanghai Sharks, where he would average 27.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Beasley also scored a record 59 points in the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star game.

Beasley spoke to reporters after inking the 10-day deal, and seemed thankful for the opportunity afforded to him by Miami.

Miami, who is currently 7th in the Eastern Conference at 25-31, plays the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night and Beasley is expected to be available. 

In addition to the Heat, Beasley has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. During his best year in the NBA, Beasley averaged 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the T-Wolves. Beasley has certainly proved throughout his career that he’s a capable scorer, and Miami hopes he provides a lift to their 28th ranked scoring offense.

Last year for the Heat Beasley averaged 7.9 points per game in 55 appearances. He is 26-years-old. 

 

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