The Heat is set to announce the return of Michael Beasley on Wednesday afternoon, the Miami Herald has learned.
Beasley has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, according to a source, but is expected to make the roster after training camp. The Heat's No.2 overall draft pick in 2008, Beasley was recently released by the Phoenix Suns after an arrest for possession of marijuana. Beasley has a long history of problems caused by his recreational drug use dating back to rookie camp before his first season with the Heat.
A highly rated recruit out of Kansas State, Beasley was to be a cornerstone of the Heat's post-Shaquille O'Neal rebuilding effort. Instead, Beasley was traded to the Timberwolves in 2010 to clear cap space for the Heat to sign LeBron James and Chris Bosh and re-sign Dwyane Wade.
The Heat found success last season with Chris Andersen, a player who was out of the league and looking for a second chance, and the team is now taking a chance on Beasley and hoping its support structure and leadership within the locker room can have the same positive effect.
Last season, Beasley averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game per game for the Suns. Both totals were career lows. Beasley is expected to be the 14th player on the Heat's opening-night roster, leaving only one roster spot up for grabs during training camp.