Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Small forward Michael Beasley will now have a chance to win a championship if he makes the Miami Heat roster.
The rebuilding Phoenix Suns waived Beasley on Sept. 3 after he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession, creating an opportunity to sign a non-guaranteed deal with his former team, the defending champion Miami Heat.
“Michael had the best years of his career with us,” said Heat President Pat Riley. “We feel that he can help us.”
Beasley becomes the 17th player on the Heat’s training-camp roster, one of four invited to camp without guaranteed contracts. Teams may carry between 13 and 15 players during the regular season.
Bringing Beasley in is seen as a low-risk, high-reward for the Heat, much like when they signed Chris Andersen last season. Andersen went on to provide solid performances in the Heat’s title drive.
If Beasley makes the team, he will make $1.027 million.
The Heat drafted Beasley with the No. 2 overall pick in 2008 but traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2010 to clear cap space for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
He has a career average of 14.1 points. He also averaged 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds with the Miami Heat from 2008 to 2010.