Here's a look at the latest out of South Beach..
- It may surprise some to hear, but Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel says that Michael Beasley's production was never better than at the outset of his career with the Heat. The former No. 2 overall pick saw his PER drop annually from 17.1 as a Miami rookie in 2008/09 to 16.1 in his second and final season with the Heat, to 15.5, 13.0 and 10.8 over the past three seasons. For all of his struggles, he's managed to earn $33MM over the course of his career, to date.
- In today's mailbag, a reader asks Winderman what he would do if he were in Pat Riley's position and could add Lamar Odom, Beasley or Fab Melo to the Heat roster. Winderman's answer – none of the above. In his mind, the team doesn't need the drama that could come with any of those three free agent opitons.
- Another reader asks if Carlos Arroyo return would make sense as the Heat look to add a third point guard to their roster. Arroyo, however, has done his best work on the international stage rather than in the NBA. Furthermore, Miami needs a one guard in the mold of Garrett Temple who can be a strong defender.
- Winderman caught up with former Heat veteran Rasual Butler, who says that he is quite hopeful about his chances of getting back to the NBA for the first time since 2011/12 when he was with Toronto. The 34-year-old is in camp with the Pacers, who are in need of shooting off the bench.