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ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: Miami Heat


Last season: A fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals resulted in disappointment, as the Heat were steamrolled by the Spurs in five games. The ease with which Miami was dispatched was troubling, so much so that LeBron James re-signing — something most believed to be a foregone conclusion — was suddenly thrown into question. And as the team scrambled to show a willingness to improve by signing guys like Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger in the early days of free agency, the underwhelming nature of those additions ultimately saw James expedite his plan to return home to Cleveland to once again play for the Cavaliers.

Signature highlight from last season: It was tempting to go with the pair of alley-ops Dwyane Wade and LeBron James connected on in the Christmas Day win over the Lakers, because the way the two consistently got out on the break like this for easy buckets in transition during their four years together was about as signature as it gets. But with a nod to the upcoming season where James won’t be present, it felt fitting to go with Wade’s drive and dish to Chris Bosh for a game-winning three against the Blazers — a contest in which James sat out due to injury.

Key offseason moves:

Keys to the Heat season:

Life after LeBron: Having the game’s best player on the roster definitely has its advantages, and it isn’t something anyone in the Heat organization would choose to change about the last four seasons. But now that James has moved on, everything is immediately different on both ends of the floor. The continuity in place with Wade and Bosh being the team’s leaders, and with the highly competent Erik Spoelstra on the sidelines should ease the transition to a certain extent. But Miami will need to reinvent itself from an Xs and Os standpoint, and just how quickly the players get acclimated to those changes will largely determine their success, especially in the early parts of the upcoming season.

The health of Dwyane Wade: Wade was on a strict maintenance program last season to keep his knee from flaring up during the playoffs as it did the year prior, and that left him a gametime decision most nights. It was part of the reason he was limited to participating in just 54 regular season contests, and for the Heat to be successful in the post-LeBron era, they’re going to need a lot more than that out of Wade — not only in terms of minutes played, but also in terms of increased production. The good news for Heat fans is that Wade is planning on doing exactly that, but it’ll be interesting to see how he holds up while pushing himself to play more than he has in any of his previous three seasons.

The return of CB4: Chris Bosh is a perennial All-Star, but since coming to Miami, his numbers have dipped due to having to change his role, while sacrificing personal levels of production for the greater good of the franchise. Thankfully for the Heat, he has proven to be capable of doing so much more. In his final season in Toronto, Bosh averaged a career-high 24 points and 10.8 rebounds, and was unquestionably the team’s best player every single night. Bosh may have to return to his Raptors form for Miami to achieve postseason success, especially in light of Wade’s recent injury history — and he may be more ready than ever to do so.

Why you should watch: Wade and Bosh are still All-Star caliber players, and the addition of another one in Deng should make the Heat consistently competitive most nights. Spoelstra is one of the game’s top coaches at the professional level, and you can bet that he’s relishing the chance to lead his team to success in spite of the loss of Lebron James.

Prediction: With LeBron out of the picture, there are no longer championship expectations placed on this Miami team, which should be a weight off of their collective shoulders. The Heat can be in an underdog role for the first time in a long time, and there’s still more than enough talent in place to make a run at the postseason.

Miami is definitely a playoff team in the East, but is probably not deep enough to claw itself into one of the three top spots in the standings. A ceiling of fourth place in the conference feels about right, with an opportunity to surprise someone in the first (and possibly second) round of the playoffs if Wade, Bosh and Spoelstra find a way to have things clicking by the time the regular season is finished.

Report: Michael Beasley reaches agreement with Memphis Grizzlies

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Michael Beasley was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, but has never come close to living up to his potential.

Off-court issues, along with a lack of focus and maturity have plagued Beasley consistently during his six NBA seasons, and after his latest stint in Miami, it was unclear whether or not he’d get a real look from anyone else.

But the list of teams that want to be the one to revitalize a troubled player’s career is long, and the Memphis Grizzlies have become the latest to give Beasley yet another shot.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent forward Michael Beasley has agreed to join the Memphis Grizzlies in training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Beasley spent several days working out for Grizzlies this week and chose that offer because of an opportunity to make the roster as a backup power forward.

Beasley spent several weeks working out for teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

L.A. has enough problems, and the Spurs, had they actually gone through with it, would have likely been doing so to prove their organizational superiority more than they would have been adding a true contributor to the roster.

But Memphis has a need, and it’s one that Beasley obviously believes he has a realistic chance of filling. Either that, or there were simply no formal offers for him to come to training camp anywhere else.

The deal is non-guaranteed, so there’s zero risk here for the Grizzlies. On Beasley’s side, he gets another opportunity to show a new franchise that he’s matured, and can focus enough to tap into the potential that many saw in him all those years ago.

Report: Spurs working out free agent Michael Beasley… wait, what?

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Gregg Popovich and Michael Beasley? I see that relationship playing out about as well as Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in “The War of the Roses.”

Beasley is not exactly known for selflessness. Or playing within a system. Or focus. Or attention to detail. Or being a solid citizen in the locker room. Or anything else that has made the Spurs the Spurs.

But the Spurs are working out Beasley and considering him for one of their open roster spots, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Free-agent forward Michael Beasley is working out for the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at the franchise’s practice facility this week, league sources told Yahoo Sports…

Off-the-court issues have contributed to NBA teams’ reluctance to sign Beasley, but there’s still a belief he can be an effective scorer. His best NBA season came with Minnesota in 2010-11, when he averaged 19.2 points per game.

That Minnesota team had no offensive firepower to speak of, so they threw the ball at Beasley and said “you have the total green light.” He put up a lot of empty, pretty inefficient points. And his career has slid down from there. He was on the Heat last season but Popovich and the Spurs didn’t see much of him in the Finals because by the time the playoffs rolled around Beasley had been so deeply buried on the bench their was barely any light.

Beasley has had a few other team workouts this summer but no team has been willing to take the risk.

San Antonio is better than any team in the league at finding guys on the scrap heap, putting them in their system to learn, to play to their strengths, then shocking the world. If Popovich can do that with Beasley he should be canonized as a saint next summer, because we’ve got the attributed miracles now.

The reality is the Spurs likely leave that last roster spot open, and if they fill it then it will be a player they think can grow in their system. Beasley, the former No. 2 pick, has never shown that at any stop. Hard to imagine that now.