Michael Beasley will sign with Heat


Former Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley will sign a non-guaranteed deal to join the Miami Heat in training camp, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

A source told Winderman that Miami views the invite as a no-risk situation. The Heat can bring Beasley to camp to see how he fits before decided on whether to pay him a veteran’s minimum salary. Beasley will be one of four Heat training camp invitees that could earn the two remaining spots on the roster.

Miami and Los Angeles were rumored destinations for the former Suns forward, who still has an unresolved sexual harassment investigation and a drug possession charge looming over him. Like the Heat did when they signed injury-plagued center Greg Oden, “potential” is the key selling point.

Beasley was drafted second overall by the Heat in 2008 but only lasted two seasons before Miami traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to free cap space and sign LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Minnesota allowed Beasley to play there two years before allowing him to sign with Phoenix as a free agent last summer. The Suns were the first team to pay Beasley a significant contract — three years for $18 million — and also the first team to pay him to leave.

While the Heat do have a foundation of veteran leadership, it’ll be interesting to see if Beasley can, firstly, latch on during training camp and secondly, find his way onto the court.

The latching on might be the most difficult if the Heat are looking for Beasley to do more than stay out of trouble. After all, former Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter had to make sure Beasley was paying attention during practices at the very end of an 82-game season.

“I’ll randomly just ask him, ‘What did a certain coach just say?’ just to keep him focused,” Hunter said. “And he’s like, ‘Coach, I’m not talking.’ I say, ‘I know. But you’re listening to somebody, you’re doing something.’ ”

Will Beasley be able to pick up Miami’s philosophies enough to warrant a roster spot? We’ll see.

  • Azbballfan

    This might be Beasleys last shot

    I hope he takes this chance seriously

  • Foreveris2long

    I think Beasley is a loser, a rich loser but a loser nonetheless. As a fellow human being I hope he turns his life around.

  • Scott

    I hope he can join the Heat, thereby slightly relieving the amount of money Phoenix has to pay to him.

  • dave:f32

    How do you like them apples!? Haha teams are still lining up at the chance to throw money at him. He gets a full Suns chexxx, and gettin paper from the Heat would be a feather in his cap. If he sticks, he has a better chance at winning a ring first, than the Suns ever will. Kudos.

  • Roger

    @Scott

    I thought Suns bought him out so no money coming back even if he eventually signs a guaranteed min salary. Say it ain’t so?

    Thanks.

  • dave:f32

    These Suns execs dont mind throwing money at players cuz it grows on the Income Tax COGs Tree, so its no sweat off their balls (hello, basketBALL)!

  • dave:f32

    http://arizonasports.com/41/1659752/Phoenix-Suns-Lon-Babby-on-Michael-Beasley-We-knew-this-was-a-distinct-possibility To do that, the Suns did their best to surround Beasley with the right people and place him in an environment in which he could be successful, but Babby admitted that the organization knew all along the kind of “calculated risk” it was taking with a player bringing the baggage Beasley did.

    “The risk didn’t work out in our favor,” he said. “I have no regrets about the effort we made in trying to make it successful and having Michael be successful here, but at some point you have to recognize what’s happened and look at the bigger picture.”

  • dave:f32

    “It was a gamble that we felt we could get a player of enormous potential at a price that would be below-market,” he said. “Obviously, it didn’t turn out that way, but I can say that we did our due diligence and we went into it with our eyes open.

    “It would be unconscionable if we did it without our eyes open and were stunned by the outcome. We knew this was a distinct possibility, and unfortunately it came to pass.”

  • dave:f32

    This has become a half-brass organization… Started from the bottom, now we`re here… Miss the good ole Suns Days!!!!

  • Luka

    Lon Babby should have been fired for supporting a “calculated risk” that Blanks pushed for. This is what happens when you have an attorney in charge of things who has no basketball sense whatsoever. The story can change again and again, but the bottomline is the old regime failed and Babby is just as responsible for that failure as Blanks was IMO.

  • Scott

    @Roger -

    You could easily be right about the money. Beats me.

  • Cuso

    So does this relieve the Suns (if he makes the team) at all, currently or in the future? Or does he collect his whole paycheck from us and we pay him over the next couple years while he also works for another team and they pay him?

  • dave:f32

    @Luka – couldn`t agree with you more.

    @cuso, yes Suns bought him out. He was paid 7 mil, which was originally 9il full-term obligation. Savings of 2 million. Still goes against the cap for 3 yrs.

  • dave:f32

    #correction: cap hit for 2 yrs, not 3

  • Kevin Zimmerman

    Do you guys see Beasley being a worse risk than Josh Childress? Higher upside, higher risk but ultimately turns into a very similar sunk cost.

  • http://none Sillmarillion

    Does it really go like this (if Beasley sings with the Heat of course)? The Suns pay him the guaranteed money for the next two years and he still can join another team and get paid there as well? If it is so all the fuzz around Beasley turned out to be good for him, because he’ll earn more money and win a championship. That’s absurd…

  • Ty-Sun

    There’s an insider article on the ESPN website that indicates that Beasley signing with the Heat actually helps the Suns. I don’t have insider access so I can only assume that the salary that the Heat pay him will lower the amount the Suns actually have to pay him even with the buy-out since that’s the only way it could possibly help the Suns.

  • Ty-Sun

    I just read this story about Beasley. Too bad it wasn’t written over a year ago so it could have been read by someone in the Suns’ FO before they signed Beasley. But last season with the Suns was kind of the exclamation point to the story so perhaps back then it might have been premature. Good read though.

    http://www.sbnation.com/2013/9/11/4719210/michael-beasley-talent-phoenix-suns-nba-free-agency

  • Foreveris2long

    Luka,
    I totally agree that Babby should have been shown the door with Blanks. If Babby gave what I call the intern total authority on personnel moves, Babby should be held accountable. If he signed off on this deal as well as trading Dragic and a 1st round pick for Brooks, he should have been canned. I will always think Babby too should have been fired.

    Kev Zimmerman, good question regarding Childress. While both were terribly bad contracts, Beasley had more upside with more baggage. Childress without the baggage had limited upside but a good reputation for defending well. If I was Sarver I would have labeled the Beasley deal as one that better work if you are giving him 3 years. If it does not work everyone is fired. With regards to Childress, if I am Sarver I am just chalking it up as a mistake in judgment but not fatal to anyone’s career.

    I guess what I am saying is Beasley had so much baggage, the decision to sign him was far riskier despite his upside. With a good offensive team I think Josh Childress can offer some value. Really good question though.

  • Kevin Zimmerman

    Yeah, I asked because I don’t necessarily have an answer. Two very different situations that didn’t work out and are nothing but decent-sized financial losses.

    Also, to answer the question that many have asked, Schwartz broke down Beasley’s waiving and the Suns will save a really small amount of money but I don’t think it’s anything significant. It’s half of the difference between a one-year vet’s salary and the player’s new salary, which for Beasley would be a vet’s min. So … hardly anything. That’s unless he doesn’t make the Heat and signs a more lucrative deal elsewhere (say, overseas).

  • Kevin Zimmerman

    Here’s Schwartz’s article. Scroll down to the blockquote from Larry Coon’s FAQ.

    http://valleyofthesuns.com/2013/09/04/phoenix-suns-gain-more-cap-relief-michael-beasley-waiver/

  • Scott

    For a team signing either Beasley or Childress right now, they’d need to know who they are signing and pay appropriately.

    Childress is a long and lanky low volume scorer who cannot shoot. He can defend against isolation scorers at SG and SF. He’s not a ball hog, and he’s not a problem in the locker room.

    Beasley is a streaky scorer at PF who can occasionally also defend well at PF. He must never be played at SF. He is not a problem in the locker room, but he tunes out coaches and teammates, and he regularly has problems off the court.

    It’s all a matter of knowing what the players are able to do, and knowing what your team needs. Neither player should have made what the Suns agreed to pay them, and neither player should be featured as a starter.

  • Scott

    @Roger -

    This is indeed the ruling I was thinking of:

    “Considering the fact that it is very unlikely that any NBA team gives Beasley more than the minimum (if any team even wants him), the Suns can’t be expecting much money from this provision. The six-year veteran’s minimum this year will be $1,106,941, so such a set-off might be less than a couple hundred thousand. The Suns’ best bet at increased savings would be if some overseas team throws a couple million at Beasley.”

    So if Beasley signs with the Heat, the Suns might save another $200,000 or so. That’s not much in the scheme of things, but I’m in the mood for the Suns to get back whatever they’re entitled to.

    As noted, the better scenario for the Suns is for Beasley to be rejected by the Heat and sign with an overseas club for another wad of millions.

  • http://none Sillmarillion

    Okay, you are looking at it from the Suns point of view. But what happens to Beasley if the Heat sign him? Does he get his money from the Suns + the vet minimum from the Heat?

    • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Michael Schwartz

      Per Coon, “If another team signs a player who has cleared waivers, the player’s original team is allowed to reduce the amount of money it still owes the player (and lower their team salary) by a commensurate amount. This is called the right of set-off. This is true if the player signs with any professional team — it does not have to be an NBA team. The amount the original team gets to set off is limited to one-half the difference between the player’s new salary and the minimum salary for a one-year veteran (if the player is a rookie, then the rookie minimum is used instead).”

      The set-off amount would be very small in terms of the percentage of his entire contract, so he will still get the majority of his Suns money plus the vet min.