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                        === Heat bring back Beasley ===
 
 Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat signed troubled free-agent forward
 Michael Beasley on Wednesday.
 
 Beasley,  who was  released  by the  Phoenix Suns  last  week, was  originally
 selected by the Heat with the second overall pick in the 2008 draft.
 
 The  former Kansas State standout spent two seasons with the Heat before being
 traded  to the Timberwolves. Beasley averaged a career-best 19.2 points in his
 first  season  with the Timberwolves  in 2010-11,  but has seen his production
 decline 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  and being relegated to a bench role for
 much  of the campaign. There were problems off the court as well, with the 24-
 year-old  investigated  by Scottsdale  police in regards  to an alleged sexual
 assault  that took place at his home in January. He was arrested last month in
 an unrelated incident, with police citing Beasley for marijuana possession and
 possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop.
 
 In  354  career games (197 starts)  with Miami, Minnesota and Phoenix, Beasley
 has  averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. In his two seasons in
 Miami,  Beasley  helped guide  the Heat to  two consecutive postseason berths,
 appearing in 12 playoff games and averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds.
 
 
 
 09/11 17:13:10 ET