Winderman: Dumping Beasley might be Heat's best option

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Beasley_Block.jpgAmid the Heat’s epic struggle in its first-round series against the Celtics, and amid Michael Beasley’s no-show against both Kevin Garnett and Glen “Big Baby” Davis in the opening two games, arrives the debate of where Beasley’s trade value stands.

Granted, two years is hardly is the best evaluation period for a 21-year-old power forward whose (lack-of) maturity level has been well-chronicled. But Dwyane Wade made it abundantly clear in his Tuesday comments at TD Garden that patience is wearing thin, that Beasley shouldn’t be waiting for his opening.

“There’s an opening for him every night,” Wade said. “He’s just got to walk inside the door.”

Appreciate that not only is Wade shooting 61.1 percent from the floor despite standing as the Celtics’ overwhelming focus, but no other Heat player is shooting better than Mario Chalmers’ 41.7 percent in a series the league is poised to dump on NBA TV (seriously, for Game 5). By contrast, five Celtics are shooting at least 50 percent.

Beasley is at 9 of 22, with 19 total points.

So what would Michael fetch on the open market?

It doesn’t matter.

It well could wind up being in the Heat’s best interest to trade him for nothing.

Zippo. Zero. Nada.

In fact, that just might be the best trade the Heat could make.

With the new 2010-11 salary-cap projection of $56.1 million, it is possible for the Heat to position itself for three max-level free agents if it is able to get a team with cap space to bite on a package of Beasley and Daequan Cook for a future draft choice.

For a less-attractive market such as Sacramento and Minnesota, it essentially would be something for nothing, utilizing cap space without having to recruit, able to walk from Beasley’s contract in a year if there is another offseason of distraction.

That’s where this confluence of 2010 free agency and Beasley’s uneven play has delivered the Heat.

His $5 million 2010-11 salary might best serve the Heat by simply disappearing, especially if the Heat can get a suitor to also sign off on acquiring Cook’s $2.2 million. That, somewhat astonishingly, would leave the Heat with only about $3 million in committed 2010-11 salary, even less if Chalmers’ option is not picked up.

For as much upside as many believe Beasley has, the question is not whether an additional $7 million in cap space would prove more beneficial, but whether it would be more to Wade’s liking.

Both the Kings and ‘Wolves could absorb Beasley’s 2010-11 salary without having to send anything out. He would be a bridge to Ricky Rubio for the ‘Wolves, someone to develop alongside Tyreke Evans for the Kings. For the Heat, there could be a valued draft pick in return.

It comes down to this for the Heat: Could it do more with $7 million-plus in cap space then it currently is doing with Beasley?

These days, the cash has a higher shooting percentage.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Report: Ty Lawson’s one-year deal with Kings is non-guaranteed

TORONTO, ON - MAY 01:  Ty Lawson #10 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball in the first half of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 01, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Ty Lawson is headed to the Kings, as first reported on Monday. The team made the move official on Wednesday with a press release, and USA Today‘s Sam Amick offers up another important piece of information: Lawson’s deal is not guaranteed, making it essentially a make-good camp invite.

It’s staggering how Lawson went from a borderline All-Star level point guard in 2012-13 to signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal with a lottery team three years later. His off-the-court issues have contributed to that, and he didn’t produce last season in Houston and Indiana. Still, he should have a pretty good chance of making the Kings’ roster, with Seth Curry and Rajon Rondo gone and Darren Collison their only proven point guard. They need depth there.

Ben Simmons works out with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (PHOTO)

TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2016 NBA Rookie Photoshoot at Madison Square Garden Training Center on August 7, 2016 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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When Ben Simmons declared for the NBA draft this spring, he signed with LeBron James‘ Klutch Sports group for representation. That association would appear to have its advantages for the No. 1 overall pick, including the opportunity to work out with James and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Wade posted a group photo on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon:

Also, it’s pretty staggering to see Simmons standing next to James and realizing that he’s bigger and taller.

Craig Sager undergoes bone marrow transplant (PHOTO)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13:  Honoree Craig Sager accepts the Jimmy V Award for Perserverance onstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Thanks to a match from an anonymous donor, beloved TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager was able to receive his third bone-marrow transplant since 2014 in an extended battle with leukemia. Sager’s son, Craig Sager II, shared a photo on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon of his father undergoing the transplant, appearing to be in good spirits as usual.

Our continued well wishes go out to Sager and his family in his recovery, and we hope to see him back on the sidelines this season.

Report: Mychel Thompson, brother of Klay, working out for Kings

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 04:  Mychel Thompson #15 of the Pepperdine Waves appears on the court during a game against the San Diego Toreros during the first round of the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pepperdine won 84-81.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Last season, the Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry, brother of Stephen Curry. He left this summer for Dallas, and now the Kings are working out the brother of the other Splash Brother — Klay Thompson‘s brother Mychel — according to international basketball reporter David Pick.

Mychel Thompson’s only NBA experience is five games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12. He spent some time in the D-League after that, and played in Italy during the 2015-16 season.