Miami Heat brings back Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley signed with the Heat today. Beasley, who was released by the Suns last week, was originally selected by the Heat with the second overall pick in the 2008 draft.

Bookmaking Software wants to remind you that the former Kansas State star played his first two years in the league with the Heat before being traded to the Timberwolves. He averaged a career-best 19.2 points per game in his first season with the Timberwolves in 2010-11, but his production has decreased in the two years since.

“Michael had the best years of his career with us,” said Heat president Pat Riley. “We feel that he can help us.”

Beasley struggled last season with the Suns, averaging career lows of 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 75 games in a bench role most of the time. He has problems off the court as well, as he was investigated by Scottsdale police in regards to an alleged sexual assault that took place at his home in January. Beasley was arrested last month in an unrelated incident, with police citing him for marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop.

In 354 career games (197 starts) with the Heat, Timberwolves and Suns, Beasley has averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He helped guide the Heat to two consecutive postseason berths, appearing in 12 playoff games and averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds.