Michael Beasley returns to join Miami Heat for third time

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After a year beset by injury, the Miami Heat have moved to shore up their roster by adding a familiar face to their ranks.

Guess who's back 

Eric Spoelstra has this week brought in Miami's second overall pick from back in 2008, Michael Beasley. The veteran signs with the Heat for the third time in his career.

The deal was confirmed late on Thursday, and Beasley is expected to be part of the Miami Heat game-day roster when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans this Friday night.

After leaving the Miami Heat following the 2013-14 season (his second spell with the team after playing at the AmericanAirlines Arena between 2008-2010), Beasley has most recently been playing with the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball League.

During his spell in Far East the forward averaged 28.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists while breaking a CBA record for most points in an All-Star game (59).

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Back again

His return to the NBA, and the Miami Heat, offers the 26-year-old yet another chance to make it in the league he entered with so much hype back in 2008. And Beasley is under no illusions as to the opportunity that has presented itself to him.

"I feel great," explained Beasley when talking to reporters after his first shoot-around back with the team.

"I'm definitely blessed and humbled for yet another opportunity, and I'm ready to take it by storm."

Injury opens the door

Michael Beasley's arrival comes in the wake of the blood clot discovered in the lung of  long-time Heat forward earlier this month - an issue that will keep the perennial All-Star out for the remainder of the season and perhaps longer.

While the Heat added Goran Dragic in the final moments before the trade deadline, it's felt that Beasley's scoring ability will prove useful for the franchise down the stretch.

"I'm still explosive. It's just about when to use it and how to use it," Beasley added.

"I've just learned a lot about myself, learned a lot about my body and the most efficient ways I can move to help the team, and I just want to show it."

What do you think Heat fans? Glad to see a familiar face back, or does Beasley's return show just how far the team has slipped this season? Let us know in the comments section below...

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