Reigning NBA champions Miami Heat have agreed a deal to bring former draft pick Michael Beasley back to American Airlines Arena, according to NBA.com.
Beasley, a college star with Kansas State, began his career with the Heat after being selected second overall in 2008 draft. However, his time in the Sunshine State didn't last too long, with the 24-year-old traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2010 as Miami attempted to clear the cap space necessary to land coveted superstar LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The forward spent two years in Minnesota, where he enjoyed a strong debut campaign before seeing his form and career averages dip alarmingly, before joining Phoenix in July 2012. His one season as a Sun was fraught with difficulty, however, with recurring drug issues leading to the franchise opting to buy out his contract earlier this month.
Miami, whose fans are still basking in the glory of a second-successive championship inspired by the so-called 'big three' of James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, are widely considered as favourites to claim the NBA's biggest prize once again this season.
The 2013 finals eventually proved to be one of the most exhilarating in recent memory, with Miami clinching the title in stunning fashion after a 95-88 game seven victory over Gregg Popovich's plucky San Antonio Spurs outfit.