The Miami Heat are reportedly looking into bringing back Michael Beasley.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Heat players are backing the possible move, but it won't happen anytime soon:
The two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat are considering the possibility of bringing back troubled free-agent forward Michael Beasley, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Several of the Heat's key veteran players are supportive of the signing of Beasley, and he has a strong interest in returning to the franchise responsible for taking him with the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo.
No offer has been made and no deal is considered imminent, sources said.
The Associated Press' Tim Reynolds is reporting that there's unlikely much concrete interest from the Heat.
Heat source says there's nothing to Beasley reunion reports. Carry on.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 7, 2013
Do some guys want Beasley here? Sure. He's a talent. Does he want to be here? Yep. But that's about all to this one.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 7, 2013
Last season was statistically the worst of the five-year veteran's career. His points per game (10.1), points per 36 minutes (17.6), field-goal percentage (.405), rebounds (3.8) and PER (10.8) were all career lows for Beasley.
Would signing Michael Beasley be a good move for the Miami Heat?
His August arrest and subsequent release has largely been the story with Beasley since he was drafted in 2008. His off-court problems have overshadowed his talent and everything he's done on the court. Should Beasley sign with a new team, it would be the fourth time he's switched organizations.
With his age and potential, there's a very good chance another team will give Beasley a fresh start.
Perhaps Miami thinks that, with veteran stars like Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, Beasley would be able to focus more on basketball and fulfill what is still his massive potential. Playing for a ring is also a strong motivator.
Plus, Beasley wouldn't be asked to do too much, as he'd be nothing more than a role player coming off the bench. He could bring some energy and scoring ability, while also being able to crash the boards, which was a big problem for Miami last season.
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel is already picturing how Beasley could work into the rotation.
But reality is Beasley, based purely on talent, could set up as first small forward off bench behind LeBron, especially games Wade might sit— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 7, 2013
If this deal happens, it would be the second gamble the Heat have taken this offseason, after they signed Greg Oden.