The Heat have signed Michael Beasley to a 10-day contract, the team announced. The former No. 2 overall pick had recently been working out at the Heat’s American AirlinesArena, as Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel noted. The 26-year-old had spent most of the season playing for Shanghai Dongfang in China after asking the Grizzlies to cut him loose from training camp to accommodate the deal. He becomes the 15th player on the Heat’s roster, joining fellow 10-day signee Henry Walker.
Beasley spent last season with the Heat after making the team on a non-guaranteed invitation to camp. The team didn’t offer him a chance to return this summer amid reported concerns about his defense and maturity. The Jared Karnes client instead went through a pair of workouts with the Lakers and auditioned for the Spurs before inking his camp deal with Memphis.
It’s the third stint with the Heat for Beasley, who first joined Miami when the team drafted him in 2008. Miami traded him in part to clear the way for LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010, but off-the-court trouble dogged him in subsequent NBA stops with the Timberwolves and the Suns before the Heat gave him a second chance last season. Defensive concerns aside, the 6’9″ combo forward performed capably in 15.1 minutes per game during the regular season, averaging 7.9 points and shooting 38.9% from behind the three-point line. He made it into only four playoff games last spring before bouncing back once more in China, winning the league’s All-Star Game MVP award and averaging 28.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game across 37 appearances. Shanghai’s season is already over, allowing Beasley to return stateside.