Miami Heat and 5 NBA Teams That Should Take a Risk on Michael Beasley
Beasley is an exceptionally gifted player who has the potential to be a real difference maker for an NBA team. To shift from having a negative impact on his team to having a positive one, Beasley needs more structure and leadership than most teams are willing to give to a player who's had as many chances as Beasley has.
The good news is that there are teams who need the kind of explosive scoring off the bench that Beasley can bring. The bad news, though, is that there are only a handful of teams that should even consider taking a stab at him.
Because the Suns and Beasley agreed to a contract termination, a team would be able to pick Beasley up for a very low cost.
Could a return to South Beach be just what Beasley needs to restart his troubled career? It's not out of the realm of possibility.
Let's get one thing straight: The Miami Heat don't really need to make any serious moves over the next few weeks to be the top title contender heading into the upcoming season.
That said, they could utilize a troubled player like Michael Beasley and his 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game career averages.
Not only did Beasley start his tumultuous NBA career with the Heat, he also had his most efficient year when he was in South Beach.
The reason for that isn't because of how great he was there, it was because he had a veteran leader in Dwyane Wade who doubled as a role model to shape his game and attitude.
Beasley undoubtedly needs someone to look up to, someone to lead him and someone to hold him accountable both on and off the court. The Heat have all of that wrapped up in a few players—LeBron James, Wade and Shane Battier—and Beasley would benefit from being around them.
If the Heat's leadership could get Beasley to be serious about his life and the responsibility of being an NBA player, they would be rewarded by signing a very talented player for an insignificant amount of money.
It certainly is a long shot, but reuniting Beasley with Wade wouldn't be the worst thing to happen to him, especially now that LeBron is in South Beach too.
The only drawback is that Beasley's "smoking buddy" Mario Chalmers is on the roster too. But there's hope that with proven leadership, they could truly put the past behind them.
San Antonio Spurs
Above all else the one thing Beasley needs to be a successful player is structure, structure and more structure.
Surrounding him with players like Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker would give him just that. And when you throw in Gregg Popovich leading the way, you see why the Spurs could turn Beasley's career around.
The Spurs could use a guy like Beasley, especially considering the gaping hole they have behind Leonard on the depth chart at the small forward position.
Beasley's presence would also be beneficial for the Spurs in practice situations, where his athleticism would be a real difference maker for the Spurs while preparing for the youthful athletic talent out West.
Do the Spurs absolutely need Beasley? Clearly not. But they could do a lot worse before the October 30th start of the 2013-14 season.
Popovich may not be the biggest risk taker in the league, but he should consider taking this risk because Beasley could end up being a real difference maker with the structure the Spurs could give him.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers should be doing everything in their power to make a run at Michael Beasley.
They need players who can produce and they need ones who can do so in a versatile manner. Currently the Lakers, aside from Kobe Bryant, don't have any players who can do multiple things well, and that's the kind of player Beasley is.
Beasley adds explosive athleticism on the wing, and that's something the Lakers haven't seen on a consistent basis for quite some time.
Now that the Lakers don't have the unpredictable Metta World Peace, adding a player like Beasley makes much more sense—almost too much sense.
There's no doubt that Kobe Bryant can mentor Beasley in a way that no other player has been able to do throughout his young career. He needs the kind of player who will be brutally honest with him, and we all know that's what the Black Mamba does best.
The Lakers desperately need depth, bench production and athleticism. Instead of adding three players who each bring one of those aspects, why not sign one player who can do it all.
While it is pure speculation at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Beasley is donning one of those new black-and-gold, sleeved Lakers jersey this upcoming season.
This one might seem like an oddball, especially with the Bulls drafting a talented swing man in Tony Snell this offseason.
But there's one thing that has hindered the Bulls over the past two seasons: injuries.
What better way to deal with that than to add depth whenever possible.
Tom Thibodeau can undoubtedly keep Beasley in check throughout the season, both on and off the court, and guys like Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer could do a solid job of doing the same on the court.
Playing for the Bulls would also force Beasley to focus on fine tuning the weakest part of his game which is his defensive skill (which wouldn't be bad for a player who needs to add a serious level of focus to his game).
Depth is key to taking over the Miami Heat's top spot in the Eastern Conference and that's what Beasley can bring to the Windy City.
Oklahoma City Thunder
What's the one ting that the Oklahoma City Thunder seriously lack?
Well, it happens to be the one thing that Michael Beasley can bring to a team and that is bench production.
The Thunder's starting five is quite formidable, but after that the rest of their roster is kind of depressing to look at. Aside from Reggie Jackson's emergence at the end of last season, they don't have one player who commands the kind of respect they'd like coming off the bench.
Beasley could change all of that. But unlike the other teams on this list, the Thunder don't have much veteran leadership to help Beasley stay focused on-and-off the court.
For the entirety of the Thunder's tenure with Durant and Westbrook not only haven't they had bench production, they also haven't had an athletic player to come off the bench to torment teams on the offensive side of the ball.
Beasley can change that and he could be the missing link in the Thunder's quest to return to the NBA Finals.
It would take a lot of resources and dedication to keep him in line, but in this case that kind of commitment might just be worth it.